Chennai photographer attacked with knife on Marina beach, incident caught on video

Video of the incident showed a group of men chasing the photographer and attacking him, then threatening bystanders.

A gang of men were spotted chasing and attacking a photographer in broad daylight on Chennai Marina Beach on the morning of Sunday July 3. The incident was filmed by a few spectators. Four people were arrested by Marina Police Station in connection with the attack. A 25-year-old man named Anand and three minors were arrested several hours after the incident. Police sources said Ilamaaran, a 23-year-old photographer, was on the beach behind the “Namma Chennai” logo, with his friend and family members for a photo shoot on Sunday morning when the attack took place.

Seven people, including Ilamaaran, were taking photos when a group of strangers approached Ilamaaran and asked for his phone. When Ilamaaran refused to give them his phone, they were irritated and allegedly threatened him with a knife. They also allegedly tried to snatch the phone from Ilamaaran. As he did not give in to their threats, the group attacked him with a knife and chased him down the service road near the beach, as onlookers filmed the incident. The gang also allegedly threatened morning walkers on the beach.

The video, which has gone viral, shows unidentified men walking down the Marina beach service road wielding machetes. Later, they were seen running towards a person and attacking him. The video also showed early morning marchers shocked by the attack in broad daylight, some of them trying to intervene from a safe distance.

Ilamaaran escaped from the place and later the incident came to the attention of Marina police who are investigating the matter and made arrests. Meanwhile, Ilamaaran was admitted to Omanduar Government Medical College Hospital and later transferred to Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital for treatment.

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