Auto driver Murugan (52), a resident of Manalmedu near Thiruvanaikoil, has also been rearing goats near his house. A gang attempted to steal his goats one night and an alert Murugan woke up and chased them. The gang escaped in the cover of darkness.
While running away, one of the members of the gang had warned Murugan of dire consequences, but Murugan had not responded to this.
Meanwhile, on Monday wee hours, the same gang came in two wheelers and stood before the house and picked up a quarrel. Suddenly, they ran into the house and dragged Murugan in front of the family members and slit open the neck and Murugan fell on the ground in a pool of blood and died on the spot.
When the gang started running away, Murugan’s wife tried to chase and catch them. But, one of the gang members assaulted her with an aruval in which she sustained an injury on her head and hand. On information, Srirangam police rushed and retrieved the body of Murugan and sent it to the GH. Further investigations are on.