A social activist and editor of an Urdu magazine was brutally murdered at his office on Tannery Road in Devarajeevanahalli here on Wednesday.

Shamshul Huda (65), a resident of Bamboo Bazaar in Shivajinagar, was also running the Al-Quds Co-Operative Society at the Idgah complex on Tannery Road.

Mr. Huda had left home at around 7.30 a.m. for his office. The murder came to light around 10.30 a.m. when a staff member who came to work saw him lying dead in the computer room on the chair with multiple stab injuries.

The police said the assailants had strangled him before inflicting a series of stab wounds on him.

‘Vendetta’

Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) T.G Krishna Bhat, quoting medical experts, said it appeared to be some sort of a vendetta though there were attempts to make it look like a murder for gain as the assailants had ransacked the office and made away with some valuables, including the victim’s mobile phone.

Relatives alleged that Mr. Huda had deposited some Rs. 25 lakh of the co-operative society’s funds in the Amanath Cooperative Bank, which is in deep trouble. In fact, he had recently spearheaded protests against the bank management. A relative said he had said he was getting threat calls to stay away from the protest.

Mr. Huda lived with his wife, who is bedridden. The couple had no children.

Apart from running the cooperative society and a bilingual weekly, the Al-Khuds, he had penned a few books, and was active in politics, family members said.