A 48-year-old person was struck dead by lightning during the sudden downpour in Karur town on Friday night.

Police said Muthu of Thanthonrimalai area, who was selling thatched leaves, was speaking over mobile phone under a neem tree during the rain and thunder. Suddenly lightning struck him, killing him on the spot. Muthu's relatives Palani and Om Prakash standing nearby suffered injuries and were admitted to private hospital. Pasupathypalayam police have registered a case.

More In: TAMIL NADU | NATIONAL