Tension prevailed at Madambakkam village near Guduvanchery on Thursday morning after the local people found an old man dragging a school girl towards a hut on Kuthanur Main Road.

Enquiries reveal that when some pedestrians, who saw the old man, running an astrology-cum-palmistry centre in a hut on Kuthanur Main Road in Madambakkam dragging the 11-year-old girl, allegedly in a state of intoxication, enquired about her condition, the astrologer, Thirunavukkarasu (65) of Pozhichalur on the southern outskirts of Chennai, gave contradictory replies.

Their suspicion grew when they smelt of alcohol in a soft drink bottle held by the astrologer while the girl clad in the school uniform failed to respond to their queries and swooned.

Enraged by this, some members of the public thrashed him up and brought him to the Guduvanchery police station, while the others took the girl to the Chengalpattu Medical College Hospital . The girl was admitted to the CMC hospital for general examination of her health, they added.