Vaniyambadi taluk police arrested five persons for assaulting a family at Kurumpatti village on Monday.

According to police, Gajendran (35), Prabhu (26), Asokan (19), Jayavel (22) and Karthikeyan (22) were arrested for assaulting the family of Mahalingam (50) of the village.

Police said a duel had ensued between the sons of Govindasamy (41) and Mahalingam over a chit fund. The youths – aged around 17 – had joined a weekly chit fund run by students of the area. Auctioning of the money had taken place on Sunday evening and the two youths got into a fight.

Following this, Mahalingam questioned Govindasamy and the latter,along with the five arrested persons, assaulted Mahalingam, his wife Radha, daughters Geetha and Sudha and son Karthik. Police arrested the five persons and Govindasamy was undergoing treatment for injuries, police said.