A 45-year-old soothsayer was hacked to death in Choolai on Thursday morning. According to the police, Janakiraman alias Pachi Samigal lived on C.K.P. Koil Street in Choolai with his wife Indira and their two children and practised soothsaying and sorcery.

On Thursday, when he was walking towards the junction near his house, a gang of five attacked him with sharp weapons. “We heard his cries but found him barely alive. We rushed him to the government general hospital, but he died on the way,” said Anand, his nephew. Three of the suspects — Appu, Sarathy and Veera — surrendered in the Saidapet court on Thursday. The police are hunting for the other two persons.