RSS worker and second accused in the Faisal murder case, Vipin (30) was murdered in Malappuram district on Thursday morning.
The second accused in the case, he was out on bail when he was killed. His body was found at Pulinchode, Tirurangadi in Malappuram district.
The police received information from local residents at about 7am. They took him to the government hospital, but he succumbed to his injuries on the way.
His body has been sent to the Tirur District Hospital for postmortem.
Vipin was travelling from his residence at Kuttichathan padi to Alathur, where he works when he was attacked. He was found dead around half a kilometre from his residence.
Police found his body 100m from where his bike was found. He was attacked there first, and is believed to have tried to escape, running the distance before his attackers hacked him to death.
Lijeesh, the 14th accused in the case, was also attacked last week, when attackers in an Innova car hit his bike. The Tirur Police Station has registered a case of attempt to murder.
In November 2016, Faisal P alias P Aneesh Kumar was hacked to death in Kodinhi after he converted to Islam. Faisal was found dead in a drain on Thirurangadi-Kodinhi road, where there were gaping wounds on his head and injuries seemingly caused due to sharp weapons.
Faisal had been receiving death threats from his relatives and locals over his religious conversion.
Vipin, an RSS worker, was arrested by the Crime Branch days after the murder. The police had arrested eight people following the murder including Faisalâ€™s brother-in-law Vinosh, an RSS member.
Faisal's murder had triggered tension in the area.