Alagesh alias Alagaiah, the victim, an employee of the BEML tools department, was a heart patient and underwent bypass surgery four months ago. He complained of severe chest pain after being assaulted by the two youths and was rushed to Mediscope hospital. He died in the hospital.
The accused, Karunakaran and Deepakraj, have been arrested by the police. According to reports, the accused are in their early 20s and school drop outs.
The victim's niece had gone to a near by grocery store to buy some provisions. After buying the essentials, the store keeper had to return back 50 paise to the girl, which he did not have. The girl was, however, stern that she be given the change. The grocer in turn bawled out at her. The accused who were sitting in front of the shop smoking teased the girl by asking if she would build a house with the 50 paise.
The girl returned home and narrated the whole incident to her mother. At 8.30 pm, when the youth were passing through the girl's house, the girl pointed the eve-teasers to her mother. Her mother questioned the duo over the issue to which they replied, "Yes. We did. So what?"
On hearing the noise, Alagesh, who stayed next door, came out and intervened in the matter.
"Deepu held Alagesh, while Karuna punched him and pushed him on to the ground," the victim's mother said.
The girl alleged that the accused were habitual eve-teasers.
"They always stand near the shop and tease girls and women," she said.