Tea vendor stabbed to death at Chennai airport
Chennai: In a shocking incident that is first of its kind, a tea vendor was stabbed to death at the airport premises by another, in the outer area of the international terminal early this morning. According to police sources, Ravi alias Setta (42) from Marthandam, who lived in Tambaram East, was murdered by Karthikeyan from Avadi.
Both men illegally carried out tea sales on the premises. Sources said Ravi used to sell tea on his bicycle, while Karthikeyan used a two-wheeler for the same purpose. Early this morning, around 5.30, the duo picked up an argument about who would occupy the parking lot near the international arrival, for business.
In a fit of rage, Karthikeyan stabbed Ravi with a knife he used to cut lemon with. The police said the victim was stabbed twice, on his stomach and chest, and termed it as 'sudden provocation', adding that the men were drunk at the time of altercation.
It is said, drivers and other police personnel intervened and rushed Ravi to the hospital, but he died on way. His body was shifted to Chrompet Government Hospital. Karthikeyan has been placed under police custody and will be remanded in Puzhal prison.
Sources said this was the first such incident to have taken place on the airport premises. Last week, officials caught a good number of such vendors and directed them to pay fines in the court. It was only yesterday that they had showed up again.
Speaking on the loitering of such vendors inside the airport, a police official said security will be increased hereafter. He also stated that the construction work of the compound wall is under way, after which such persons will not be allowed entry.