Coimbatore: Youth bludgeoned to death in full public view

A youth was murdered in a drunken brawl in Coimbatore by his four friends in full public glare here an act which was recorded in a hidden camera leading to the arrest of the culprits.

Santosh Kumar (28) was thrashed by his 'friends' near a traffic signal in Saibaba Colony locality at 2 pm on July 10 even as passersby simply watched the incident, visuals released by police showed.

The man was admitted to the government hospital and he succumbed to his injuries yesterday, police said.

The events as recorded by the camera live shows 2 drunk men walking on the main road arguing, jostling and even pushing each other to the ground. They then start walking on the road and a bike coming from the other end crashes into them, sending the driver and pillion rider somersaulting.

One of the drunken men than picks up a boulder and smashes it into the bikers face, who proceeds to collapse on the ground. Then they seem to gang up with one kicking the helpless man repeatedly, while another straddles and then starts punching him and the third man throws the boulder repeatedly at the unmoving body.

In the meanwhile, the traffic and bystanders keep passing without lifting a hand to stop the ongoing madness.

With the help of recordings of hidden surveillance cameras set up at strategic locations, police arrested the four persons and produced them before a court which remanded them to judicial custody.

On the day of the incident, Kumar and his four friends consumed liquor from a bar and an ensuing verbal duel between them turned violent, police claimed.

Meanwhile, Kumar's 21-year-old widow submitted a memorandum yesterday seeking compensation and a government job.

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