Pathanamthitta: A 16-year-old student was hacked to death by classmates at Kodumon on Tuesday. The deceased has been identified as student Nikhil. 

Victim Nikhil was a native of Angadikkal and a Class 10 student of Sreenarayana Vocational HSS. According to reports, a tussle among students resulted in the crime. Police have taken into custody two students in connection with the incident. The arrested are class X students of the school.

Nikhil was hacked to death near the school. The classmates were nabbed by local residents while the two were trying to bury the body in a rubber plantation. The residents informed Kodumon Police, who arrived at the spot and took the two into custody. 

The accused told the police they threw stones at Nikhil and after he fell down, they hacked his neck with an axe. It is said that a quarrel over a mobile phone had led to the crime.

The body of the deceased was shifted to Adoor Hospital for post-mortem. The police are investigating the case further.