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Coimbatore: A 26-year-old Hudco Colony resident, who posted a photo on his Instagram page brandishing a sickle, was murdered by a gang on Friday night.
The deceased was identified as K Ashok Kumar, a construction worker. “Ashok was a member of the Unnikrishnan Gang. He recently uploaded a photo carrying a sickle as status message on Instagram, which had a north Chennai gaana song glorifying rowdyism. He also posted a message daring his opponents,” a police office said.
When Ashok visited a bar on Friday night, members of his rival gang including Shanmugam confronted him and picked up a quarrel over the Instagram post. After fellow tipplers intervened and brokered peace, Ashok left for his home. Shanmugam and his friends Shiva, Babu and Amarnath followed Ashok and caught up with him near his house. They attacked him using sharp weapons. Ashok suffered serious injuries and was rushed to a private hospital, and later to the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital. But doctors declared him dead,” the officer added.
The body was shifted to mortuary for autopsy. The Saravanampatti police registered a case and formed a team to nab the suspects.
Ashok is survived by his wife Kawsalya and a three-year-old daughter.

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