Mangaluru, Jan 27 (PTI): A quarrel over digging a drainage pit adjacent to the compound of a house led to the murder of two persons in Udupi district, police said Sunday.

The incident took place Saturday.

The two had intervened to settle a dispute over the digging near their friend Lohiths house by his neighbour Harish Reddy who was a rowdy, the police said.

When Lohith objected to the digging, Reddy allegedly threatened him and continued the work, they said.

It was then the victims intervened – Yatish, a personnel assistant to a local Congress party leader Rakesh Malli, and Bharath, an auto-rickshaw driver, the police said.

This angered Reddy so much that his accomplices fatally attacked Yatish and Bharat, they said.

A case has been registered and an investigation on.

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