A 45-year-old labourer was killed during a drunken brawl with his friend over a trivial row in Jnana Bharati on Sunday.

The deceased Krishnappa, a native of Dhamapuri, had come along with his friend, Palani, to work at an under-construction building a fortnight ago. According to the police, Krishnappa had borrowed some money from Palani recently. On Saturday, the duo after getting weekly payment, went to a bar where a heated argument ensued.

In a fit of rage, Palani kicked Krishnappa in his groin, which proved fatal. Passers-by, who were witnessing the fight, rushed Krishnappa to a private hospital where he succumbed. The police have arrested Palani on charges of murder and remanded him in judicial custody.