Dispute over temple festival claims three lives

On the Deepavali day, a triple murder near Samayapuram and another near Pulivalam kept the police on their toes. The triple murder at Esanakorai village was an outcome of “ill-feeling” between two groups over celebration of Thiruvayee Amman temple festival.

The victims of the deadly attacks included siblings T. Marimuthu (40) and T. Durairaj (42) both of whom were murdered in retaliation for allegedly murdering M. Dhanapal (38).

Police sources said a quarrel erupted between Durairaj and Dhanapal, both of the same village, in the afternoon. Moments later, the tiff took a turn for the worse. Durairaj and his brother Marimuthu allegedly hacked Dhanapal to death while he was asleep. Upon hearing the murder of their brother, M. Markandan, M. Krishnan, and M. Mohan besides a couple of others intercepted Durairaj and Marimuthu while they were returning after the alleged murder of Dhanapal. The gang allegedly attacked Marimuthu with billhook killing him and chased Durairaj into his house and allegedly murdered him.

The triple murder took place within an hour in the village jolting the residents on the day of Deepavali. Based on complaints, the Samayapuram police have registered two separate cases of murder.

In a separate incident, body of a man tied and stuffed in a bag at Periyakattukulam village near Pulivalam was found on Saturday. The identity of the victim, aged around 30, was yet to be established.

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