The two brothers broke into an argument after the younger sibling Poniahan refused to bring an autorickshaw for his relatives. It came to blows and the elder brother, Thangaraj, stabbed Poniahan with a kitchen knife.

A 34-year-old man stabbed his brother to death following an argument outside their house in Mogappair East in the early hours of Friday. Police said both the men were in an inebriated state.

Sources with the JJ Nagar police identified the deceased as Poniahan alias Kamal (32), an employee of an export firm. His elder brother Thangaraj alias Rajini (34), a cable TV sub operator, allegedly killed him. The incident took place around 1.30 a.m. at their residence in Nakkeeran Salai when they planned to leave for Pallavaram with rest of the family members after receiving news on the sudden demise of their uncle.

Thangaraj got into an argument with Poniahan after the latter refused to bring an autorickshaw for the family members to leave. The brothers exchanged blows and finally Thangaraj took a kitchen knife and stabbed his younger brother. He died with a few minutes.

Neighbours informed the police who reached the spot and arrested Thangaraj, sources added. Poniahan’s body was sent to the Government Kilpauk Medical College hospital for post-mortem.

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