N. Govindaraj (19), employed in a private company in Sholinghur was murdered by unidentified assailants while he was returning home after night shift in the early hours of Tuesday.

According to the police, when Govindaraj was returning to his rental house in his bicycle, three motorcycle-borne culprits waylaid him near Thakkankulam, attacked and hacked him with a knife. When he raised an alarm, some devotees of the Sholinghur temple resting nearby rushed to the spot. A policeman on duty also reached the spot. But Govindaraj died before he could be taken to hospital. — Special Correspondent