An argument over a payment of two rupees allegedly led to a man’s death in a village in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh on Saturday, according to Kakinada Rural police. The incident occurred on Saturday evening in Valasapakala village under Kakinada rural block.
According to police, Revu Surya Suvarnaraju, a 24-year-old construction worker, had gone to a cycle shop to inflate his cycle tyres. After doing so, the shop owner, 47-year-old Pilli Sambamurthy, asked him to pay two rupees. When Suvarnaraju told him that he did not have the money, an argument ensued between the two. Samba Murthy allegedly abused Suvarnaraju for not paying the amount, and Suvarnaraju allegedly manhandled him in retaliation.
Meanwhile, Sambamurthy’s friend, 54-year-old Appa Rao, who often hung around the cycle shop, was sitting nearby, watching the scuffle. Angered over Suvarnaraju’s behaviour, Appa Rao allegedly picked up an iron rod lying around the shop and hit the 24-year-old man on his head. Suvarnaraju’s friends rushed him to the Kakinada Government General Hospital, where he breathed his last while undergoing treatment.
All three men belonged to the same village. According to Kakinada Rural CI Govinda Raju, a murder case has been registered against both Sambamurthy and Appa Rao, who are both presently absconding.
Earlier in October, an elderly man in Srikakulam district was allegedly killed after he refused to let a neighbour pick mushrooms from his house. While the neighbours had been on friendly terms at first, it was reported that they had drifted apart after they began to support rival political parties. The man was reportedly stabbed with a spear. In another incident in Visakhapatnam, a 12-year-old child succumbed to injuries after he was hit with a cricket bat by a 14-year-old boy from his locality. The two boys had gotten into an argument while playing a cricket match with a few other kids.