A youth, Arul Prasath (23), from Ponmalai was reportedly murdered by three persons near Nagamalai Veethi on Sunday.

Arul Prasath was riding pillion with his friend Sathish on a motorcycle when the trio, who came in another motorcycle, attempted to hit them with a log. While Satish escaped by ducking, Arul Prasath was hit hard and both lost balance. After Satish reportedly fled the scene, the gang rained blows on Arul Prasath. He died on way to hospital. Ponmalai police, who suspect previous enmity to be the motive behind the crime, are on the lookout for the culprits.