Two persons were arrested on Tuesday for the murder of Merlin Babu (34) of Pottalkulam near Kottaram on Saturday night.

According to police, Babu attended a feast where a wordy quarrel erupted between two groups

While he was returning home from Lakshmipuram Colony along with his friends, a group waylaid and attacked him with deadly weapons. He died on the spot. The police recovered the body. During investigation, it was learnt that Rajesh (28), his brother Mahesh (24) and their uncle Arumugham (32) of Lakshmipuram Colony hacked Babu to death with a sickle.

A special team arrested Mahesh and Arumugham at Achankulam bus stand when they tried to flee Kerala. The duo are said to have confessed to the police that they murdered Babu as he had insulted them and used unparliamentary words in the feast.

Kanyakumari police are on the lookout for Rajesh.