THOOTHUKUDI: Tension was palpable in Nazareth on Friday night after two people from a planned parish were allegedly murdered by a backward parish group over a problem returning property documents pledged by one of the victims on a Rs 40,000 loan.
The deceased are A Palavesam (60) from Gandhi Nagar in Udayarkulam and R Thangaraj (27) from Moolakarai in Arumuganeri. Thangaraj was the son-in-law of Palavesam.
Sources said Palavesam borrowed 40,000 rupees from a Muthuraj, 40, a moneylender belonging to a backward community by mortgaging his land documents. He is said to have repaid the money with the agreed interest and pushed Muthuraj to get the documents. However, Muthuraj reportedly refused to return the papers. Therefore, Palavesam took the matter to Muthuraj’s brother Shanmugasundaram, who allegedly made casteistic remarks against Palavesam.
Based on a complaint, Nazareth Police booked and arrested Shanmugasundaram on May 7 under sections 294 (b), 324 and 506 (ii) of IPC r / w 3 (1) (rs) and 3 (v) (A) of Planned Casts and Planned Tribes Act (Prevention of Atrocities).
Angry about the arrest of his brother Muthuraj and his relatives, they reportedly entered Palavesam’s house in Udayarkulam on Friday evening and stabbed him and Thangaraj to death.
Later, Thoothukudi Police Superintendent Arun Balagopalan inspected the crime scene and conducted a preliminary investigation. The bodies were taken to Tirunelveli Medical College Hospital for autopsy.
The Nazareth police arrested Muthuraj and his brothers Barathi, 45 and Chellathurai, 47. The search for three more people is ongoing, sources said. When tensions broke out in the Nazareth area, over 150 police officers were dispatched to the area to prevent undesirable incidents.