The deceased was identified as Sukanya, 28, wife of Sathish C, who runs a two-wheeler water-wash service. Sathish, 35, and his father Chandra Mohan, 69, are hospitalised with stab injuries while Sukanya died immediately after she was taken to KMC on Saturday night. She was a mother of two.
All the three were attacked by Narayanan P, a painter who had been staying on rent on the first floor of the house belonging to the victim for the last 20 years.
According to the police, the problem started when Sathish asked for rent from Narayanan.
Narayanan went inside his premise, came back with a knife and attacked the three with the weapon at around 9.15 pm. The victims were taken to the hospital by neighbours in autorickshaws.
After attacking them, he walked out into the street and based on information from the hospital, police nabbed him at around 11 pm.
Only a couple of days ago a 19-year-old college student was pushed to death by tenants in Arumbakkam over a financial dispute.
In another incident in July in Kundrathur a house owner was hacked to death by a tenant after he demanded four months’ rent from him.