Haridharan, 23, of Masakalipalayam was found murdered near Annur on Friday.

According to the Coimbatore Rural Police, based on information from Haridharan’s friend Arunkumar, the police searched for Haridharan in and around Annur and finally found his body near Serayampalayam Jallikadu.

Arunkumar had told the police that when his friend and he were returning after collecting dues, a few men blocked their way and began assaulting them with weapons near Kaikolampalayam.

Haridharan asked him to escape and he did so after sustaining injuries.

He was not sure of Haridharan’s fate, Arunkumar said after getting himself admitted to a private hospital.

The police, on locating the body, said that it had injury marks on the left of the neck and that there were liquor bottles and used plastic tumblers at the spot. The police have registered a case and begun investigations.