Tension gripped Tiruvannamalai town on Thursday after the relatives and neighbours of a 25-year-old Simbu, alias G Silambarasan, briefly refused to take his body from the Government Tiruvannamalai Medical College Hospital as they demanded immediate arrest of the men who allegedly murdered him.
The youth was fatally stabbed by a group in the aftermath of a quarrel which broke out while watching newly-released Tamil film ‘Veeram’ on Wednesday. In the clash that ensued on a playground, two others sustained injuries and were hospitalised.
After the police promised action, the agitators dispersed and received the body of Simbu after postmortem.
Police said Simbu along with his friends E Rajkamal (21) and D Sakthivel (21) of Vada Kaliyamman Koil Theeru and G Manikandan (26) of Sivasakthi Vinayagar Koil Street had gone for the noon show.
M Thamizhmani and Ajith of Adaiyur Colony were sitting behind Simbu. While watching the movie, Thamizhmani had reportedly placed his leg on Simbu’s seat. This led to a wordy quarrel. Then, Simbu and his friends allegedly attacked Thamizhmani. Thamizhmani and Ajith left the hall during the interval. Sensing something wrong, Simbu and his friends also left the hall soon after.
Later on the same day, Simbu and his friends went to the playground of Thiyagi N Annamalai Pillai Higher Secondary School and were playing cricket.
At around 5 pm, Thamizhmani and Ajith came to the ground in search of Simbu along with four others
on three motorcycles. On spotting Simbu, they attacked and stabbed him. In retaliation, Simbu and his friends attacked Thamizhmani and others with the stumps and bat.
Simbu sustained serious injuries on his chest, thigh and hip and fell unconscious. He was taken to the hospital but he died on the way.
The police, on information, rushed to the spot and shifted Ajith, who was found unconscious on the ground, to the hospital. Govindan (23), friend of Simbu, was also hospitalised. The policemen found that two out of the three motorbikes abandoned on the spot by Thamizhmani were set ablaze.
The Tiruvannamalai Town police registered a case and launched a search for Thamizhmani and his associates.