COIMBATORE: A 56-year-old history-sheeter, who had reformed and had become a realtor, was hacked to death in broad daylight by a bike-borne duo near Kakkan Nagar junction on Tiruchy Road, here on Saturday morning.
Police identified the deceased as R Raja Ram Mohan (56), a resident of Singanallur, who had criminal antecedents. However, for the past few years, he had been into real estate business and was also taking up railways contracts. His estranged wife had died in 2011 and his son was staying with his maternal relatives, sources added.
On Saturday morning, Mohan was on his way to the Singanallur bus stop on his bike when an unidentified duo of a bike intercepted him near the Kakkan Nagar Junction and picked up an heated argument over some issue. Even as the verbal duel was going on, one of the assailants pulled out a machete and hacked Mohan in full public view. The assailant struck Mohan several times, inflicting grievous injuries on his head and neck, killing him on the spot.
The two assailants managed to flee on the same bike, before the shocked onlookers could catch them. On information, police arrived at the scene and sent Mohan’s body for post-mortem. The deputy commissioner of police (crime), R V Ramya Bharthi, along with the Singanallur station inspector conducted preliminary investigations. A dog squad and a forensic team were brought to the spot to lift evidences.
Sources said that the needle of suspicion pointed towards the deceased’s relatives, as there was a civil dispute between Mohan and them. No arrest has been made so far in the case.