A group of over 10 men allegedly hacked and killed a man, M Dhananchezhian, at Govindhavadi Agaram in Kancheepuram district on Tuesday. Close to 10 people, including the family members of the deceased, were attacked and injured in the melee. Baluchettychatram Police have detained two from this gang and are currently on the look out for the rest.
According to reports, police suspect previous enmity between Dhananchezhian's brother Mahadevan and another man named Purushotaman to be the cause of this violent incident. Reportedly, this rowdy gang feared police action over a pervious incident. The men were drunk and had also smoked ganja, according to TOI.
The Hindu states that Dhananchezhian, who ran a grocery shop in Govindhavadi Agaram, was a village head a few years ago. He, along with his brothers Sanjeevirayan and Mahadevan, organised the temple festival and Purushotaman created a ruckus during this festival.
A money dispute led to a heated argument and an alleged brawl between Purushotamanâ€™s and Mahadevanâ€™s gang on Monday night at the latterâ€™s house. On Tuesday morning, things escalated when Purushotaman returned with his gang in search of Mahadevan at his house fearing police complaint for the previous dayâ€™s incident.
Not finding Mahadevan at his house, Purushotaman and his gang barged into his relatives Dhananchezhian and Sanjeevirayanâ€™s house and began allegedly attacking their family members. It is being reported that village members too tried to intervene even as tense moments prevailed in Govindhavadi Agaram on Tuesday.
While the injured were rushed to the government hospital by some of the villagers, Dhananchezhian succumbed to his injuries.
Purushotaman allegedly has a criminal record and according to the police has been involved in a case of murder, three attempt to murder cases, and two cases of criminal assault. The police have collected evidences from the scene of attack and are on the look-out to apprehend the entire gang.