Dhinakaran (15), son of Subramani, of Poombarai village in Kodaikanal, studied till Class IX and dropped out of school. After this, he was roaming with a local gang and was involved in selling minor forest produce and it got him some money.
Against this backdrop, when the gang was consuming liquor, they forced Dhinakaran also to drink, though he refused and left the spot. However, the gang chased him and tried to force feed him liquor. Following this, Dhinakaran informed his father and his uncle Dhandayudhapani (30). They immediately accosted the gang members and questioned them for forcing Dhinakaran to have liquor.
However, the gang turned aggressive and started attacking them. When the duo resisted, the gang members assaulted them with beer bottles in their head and hands. In the incident, both Subramani and Dhandayudhapani suffered injuries in their head and hands and were rushed to the Kodaikanal GH for treatment. After first aid, they were sent to the Theni GH. Kodaikanal police are investigating the incident and have booked a case against Muthupandi (22) and Suresh (25) of Poombarai. They are absconding.