CHENNAI: It was payback for a rowdy, who used to extort money from vendors at Thiru-Vi-Ka Nagar. Frustrated by repeated threats, a vegetable vendor chased and stabbed the rowdy on Friday. The injured man has been admitted to a hospital, and the vendor Siva Subramanian was sent to jail on Saturday.
Police identified the injured man as Soundar alias Kulla Bai, 22, a resident of Ayyalu Street in Thiru Vi Ka Nagar.
Police said Soundar, who forced local traders to give him money, picked up a quarrel with 32-year-old Ukkirapandi on Friday, after he refused to pay him.
Ukkirapandi worked with his brother Siva, 34, who runs a vegetable shop on a cart on Fifth Street in KC Garden. An angry Soundar, attacked Ukkirapandi for ignoring his demand.
Siva arrived at the spot and tried to resolve the issue amicably. However, Soundar assaulted him too.
In a fit of rage, Siva Subramanian took a knife from his shop and stabbed Soundar repeatedly on then head, neck and hands. He then fled.
A team of personnel from the Thiru-Vi-Ka Nagar police station soon arrived at the spot and sent Soundar to the Government Stanley Hospital (GRH) for treatment. He has been admitted to the intensive care unit.
Thiru Vi Ka Nagar police inspector R Anbukarasan said, “Soundar is stable now.” Siva has been on the police records for petty crimes in the city.
Police have registered a case under Section 307 (attempted murder) of IPC and arrested Siva Subramanian. He was produced before a magistrate in the city and was remanded in judicial custody.
Further investigations are on.