CHENNAI: A 25-year-old man was chased and hacked to death by a five-member armed gang at Ambattur on Sunday night and police swung into action arresting three persons in this connection on Monday.
Police said the victim G John, resident of Bajanai Koil Street, was repeatedly hacked around 10 pm by the gang even as his family members and neighbours attempted in vain to stop the assailants.
Enmity between John and one Nagaraj, also resident of the same Street, is suspected to be the main reason behind the murder.
“Both of them were politically active and belong to different parties. Last month, John had assaulted Nagaraj as both were participating in a funeral procession of a common friend. A case was lodged on the same day,” said a police officer.
On Sunday evening, John had picked up a quarrel with Nagaraj again. Later in the night, Nagaraj came to the house of John with four other friends and the gang assaulted him with sickles.
Police sources said at least three persons suffered cut injuries when they tried to save John. “John had suffered several cut injuries in several parts of the body and died instantaneously,” said a police source.
A case of murder was registered and police arrested Nagaraj (29), his brother Santhosh Kumar (28) and a cousin Arunagiri (23) in connection with the murder. They have been remanded for judicial custody and police are on the look out for two others - Palani and Raja - involved in the case.