A 34-year-old man was hacked to death by two men in Patel Nagar, Tambaram on Sunday afternoon.
Police said the murder was the fallout of personal enmity, as the victim was allegedly responsible for the murder of a relative of one of his assailants a few years ago.
R. Raghu, who was living in Nagapattinam district, had come to Patel Nagar on Sunday morning. Around noon, as he was walking on Patel Nagar First Street, two men followed him and hacked at him with their knives, and left him bleeding to death. Raghu first fell on a car, was pulled of it by the men and thrown to the ground, where they assaulted him further.
Police took his body to the Tambaram Taluk Government Hospital for a post-mortem examination, and are investigating. Police said Raghu was the prime accused in the murder of Sivalingam in 2009. Sivalingam’s supporters launched a manhunt for him, but as they could not locate him, burnt down his house on Erikkarai Street. Since then, Raghu had been living in Nagapattinam district. Officials said it was still not known why Raghu arrived in Tambaram.
Police added his assailants were suspected to be John and Manikandan, the latter being Sivalingam’s nephew.
The murder, having taken place in broad daylight in a residential area, sent shockwaves throughout the locality.