Dacoits targeted two temples and killed the caretaker of one at Muchalamba village in Basavakalyana taluk on Tuesday night.
The dacoits looted the hundis at Yellalinga Math before moving to the Nagabhushan Shivayogi Math where caretaker Nagareddy Lingareddy was sleeping.
The dacoits assaulted Lingareddy who sustained serious injuries on his head. He died on the way to a hospital in Solapur in Maharashtra.
Raised an alarm
Kashinath, a resident of the village, who heard the dacoits at Yellalinga Math, tried to raise an alarm, but was threatened by the dacoits. He, however, managed to call up his friend and mobilised some people. As the group moved towards the Nagabhushan math, the dacoits escaped, the police said.
A case has been registered at the Basavakalyana town police station and a special team has been formed to investigate the case.