Balan, who along with his brothers opposed the harassment of their niece by a gang and was hacked in retaliation, died at the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital on Friday. According to police, a group of persons teased a 21-year-old, daughter of Selvi of Seddarpalayam in Somanur area recently.

Taking objection to the same, the girl’s uncles N Maria Joseph (50) along with his brothers Lourdusamy (48), Paulraj (45) and Balan (40) questioned the gang members. Angered at being challenged by the brothers, the gang entered the tea shop of Lourdusamy and Balan on July 15 and stabbed the two. Maria Joseph, running a tailoring shop nearby, rushed to the help of his brothers and took them to the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital. Balan, who was managing a power loom, died at the hospital on Friday. He is survived by his wife Kavitha and son Mohandoss. Lourdusamy is undergoing treatment. A case has been registered.

Police have already arrested Balasubramanian (46), B. Palani Kumar (24), P. Murugan (22), P. Marimuthu (22), J. Manikandan (23), P. Anbu (19) and P. Moorthy (17).

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