Two Dalits have been hacked to death allegedly following a dispute over offering worship in the local Muppidathy Ammam temple at Senthatti village in Tirunelveli district.
Police said a group of unidentified persons ambushed and hacked K Paramasivan (27) when he was going to his village late on Friday night.
E Easwaran (55) another Dalit, who was coming in a motor cycle with one Suresh, was also found hacked to death.
However, Suresh managed to escape.
Police said efforts were on to nab the culprits.
The dispute over offering worship in the temple, belonging to Konar community, started last year, officials said.