VELLORE: Vellore district police launched a search for a 38-year-old man of the Narikurva community in Thanigaipolur near Arakkonam for gunning down his brother following a fisticuff and argument over sharing of ganja on Saturday night. Police however added that the two brothers had a long-standing dispute over money transactions.
The deceased was identified as Kannappan who was living in the Narikurva Colony in Thanigaipolur. He was reportedly inhaling ganja at about 8.30 pm on Saturday behind his house when his brother, Rajini (38), who was in an inebriated condition, had asked his brother to share the contraband.
Kannappan refused to give the contraband, which led to a quarrel. At one point, Kannappan grabbed a wooden log and attacked his brother. Rajini ran into his house and grabbed a country-made gun and loaded it with gunpowder and pellets. He shot his brother at close range. Kannappan sustained pellet injuries on his chest and abdomen and died on the spot. Rajini threw the gun into some bushes and took to his heels.
Arakkonam police, on Sunday morning, sent Kannappan’s body for post-mortem. The police have also seized the gun as further evidence. According to police the brothers have had a long-standing dispute over money.
The police have registered a case on charges of murder and possession of an illegal gun and launched a manhunt for Rajini, who is absconding.