SALEM: A 44-year-old man was nabbed on Friday for allegedly stabbing his five-year-old son following a land dispute with his second wife, here.
According to Attur police, Murugan (44), a resident of Bharathi nagar near Thulukanur in Attur is a casual laboourer. His first wife parted ways with him seven years ago. After a while, Murugan married a widow named Jeeva (32) of the same locality. Jeeva, who already had a daughter by the name of Suganya (13) gave birth to Moovin after her marriage to Murugan.
Two years ago, Murugan left Jeeva over a land dispute and ever since has been staying at Manjini in Attur. But the despite the physical distance that separated the husband-wife duo, the two often quarelled over a piece of land.
And on Friday morning at around 5.30 am, he came to Jeeva’s home at Bharathi nagar with a knife and as usual, the two got into a verbal altercation. During the course of the argument - in a fit of anger - Murugan stabbed his son Moovin (5) and fled the spot.
Immediately, Jeeva took Moovin to the Salem Government Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical College Hospital,on the advice of local doctors, where he is stated to be stable.
Subsequently, Attur police registered a case and arrested Murugan in the evening. Further investigations are on. When asked about the land dispute between Murugan and Jeeva, a police official said, “Accused Murugan has an empty land in Bharathi nagar. After he married Jeeva, she constructed a house using the money earned through tailoring. Subsequently, she sought the transfer of the land to her name. As Murugan was amenable to the idea, frequent quarrels erupted between the two, which culminated in the attack on his son Moovin.”