Thiruvananthapuram : Nemom native Ashok Kumar, 55,was gunned down by unknown assailants close to his residence in South Africa.
The incident came to light when his friends noticed his image on social media. The body lay next to his car outside his house premises.
Kumar, basically a civil engineer, owns a school and is also into contracting business in South Africa.
Kumar is believed to have been killed last Wednesday.
Police suspect a gang might have kidnapped him before killing and dumping his body near his house.
The school owned by Kumar the Holy Word Junior English School was started only two years ago. H visited his home in Nemom last May and was due for his next homecoming next week.
An officer of Indian origin has been entrusted with the probe.