Two teenage boys have been arrested in connection with the murder of a 31-year-old mechanic near Chekkanoorani. The police identified the deceased as C. Sukumar of Nadu Muthalaipatti.

He was found dead with multiple stab injuries in a hut along Kannanur tank bund on Kannanur-Vikkramangalam Road at around 5.30 a.m. on Wednesday, after his father Chinnasamy launched a search for him.

The police picked up two of his friends – both 18 years of age – for questioning. During interrogation, they said the deceased used to make vulgar comments on the mother of one of the accused – also a mechanic in Chellampatti – after consuming liquor.

The mechanic boy was irritated by the comments and planned to kill him, Inspector of Police (Chekkanoorani Circle) P. Sukumar said.

On Tuesday night, the boy invited the deceased for drinks on the tank bund. When Sukumar got drunk, the boy hit him with an iron rod. As Sukumar collapsed, the two boys stabbed him to death. They also took away a cell phone and a one-and-a-half-sovereign gold chain carried by the deceased.