The police on Sunday took three persons into custody in connection with the murder of a youth, who was hacked to death, at Paundkadav here on Saturday.
The accused were identified as Shibu alias Blacky Shibu, 35; Subhash, 30 and Binu, 27, all belonging to Thumba. It is learnt that their arrest will be recorded on Monday.
Anand, 24, of Pangappara, in Sreekaryam was found with deep injuries in neck, near the railway track, at Paundkadav, Thumba on Saturday evening.
He died on the way while the police was taking him to hospital.
Police said it is suspected that the quarrel over ganja claimed the life of the youth. “Anand bought ganja from the accused. It was followed by an altercation, as Anand argued that he did not get ganja worth the amount he paid, which provoked the accused” Circle Inspector, Medical College, A Pramod Kumar said.
“The weapon used to attack Anand has been identified as machete and explosive was also used,” the police said. It was the locals who informed the police about an injured person lying near the track in an area surrounded by cashew trees. Blacky Shibu, who had earlier been convicted under the Kerala Anti-social Activities Prevention Act (Goonda Act), was arrested in January this year for attacking a local of Thumba and stealing his mobile.
Police said that he was released from prison just one month ago.
Anand’s body was handed over to relatives after postmortem in the Medical College Hospital. Anand was a student of the Government Polytechnic College, Nedumangad.
It was in September that a tipper lorry driver was hacked to death at Nedumkad, Karamana in the city.