GUDUR (WARANGAL): Groupism in the Congress claimed a life when a rebel candidate Kancha Ilaiah (33), contesting for the Zilla Parishad Territorial Constituency was axed to death by his own party men in the early hours of Monday here. The police opened fire when followers of Illaiah threw stones at them causing injuries to Duggondi Sub-Inspector Sridhar. A huge mob later went on a rampage and torched the properties of K. Venkanna, K. Swamy, K. Sampath, Y. Sarangam and others accused in the murder. It chased away the police and torched a two-wheeler. Tension prevailed till 10 a.m. until the body was taken to Narasampet for autopsy. Major Irrigation Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah faced the ire of Ilaiah's relatives and supporter at the mortuary. They hurled slippers, broomsticks and abuses at him.