Houses of Bhoopalan (35) and his younger brother Ramalingam (32), located at Kumarakudi near Sethiathope, were reportedly set afire by unidentified persons on Saturday night.

Police suspect previous enmity between two groups to be the cause. Both the houses were gutted and articles worth about Rs. 4 lakh were reportedly lost.

Police said that a few days ago, Sanjeevi (27) of Kumarakudi was beaten to death. In this connection, police had arrested five persons, including Subramani of the same place. Bhoopalan and Ramalingam are siblings of Subramani.

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