In a suspected retaliation to the Sunday's murder near Watrap, one R. Muthiah (50) of Sempatti colony in Sundarapandiyam was hacked by a six-member gang on Friday night.

The police said that Muthiah had been admitted to the Government Rajaji Hospital in Madurai with multiple cut injuries. He was attacked with lethal weapons at around 10 p.m. on Friday. The Krishnankoil police have picked up two persons in this connection.

A milkman, Karuppiah, was hacked to death in W. Pudupatti on Sunday in a group clash. The police have arrested 18 persons in three cases related to the clash.

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