Bengaluru, Sep 30 (PTI) A former mayor and JDs corporator was hacked to death by a gang in full public view at a busy locality of Tumakuru town Sunday, police said. Also Read - 'Appoint me Executioner so That Nirbhaya Case Convicts Can be Hanged Soon', Man Writes to President Kovind

Ravi Kumar, who had a criminal past, was having tea with his friend in Batawadi area when two people came and threw chilli powder on their face. Also Read - Shako Bentinidis to Continue as Wrestler Bajrang Punia's Coach

Kumar tried to flee the spot, but soon five other people surrounded him and attacked him with machetes and sharp-edged weapons, killing him on the spot, police said. Also Read - Hindus, Sikhs in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to get cremation grounds

Even as the people present in the area were struck by shock, the gang fled the scene.

The gangster-turned politician was a former mayor of Tumakuru Corporation and had been elected as a corporators in the recent local body elections.

Police said several criminal cases were pending against him.

Police said they suspected old rivalry to be motive behind Kumar’s killing, adding a manhunt had been launched to track the assailants.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.