A 19-year-old boy was seriously injured in a suspected honour killing attempt near Muvattupuzha in Ernakulam district on Sunday.
Akhil, who suffered serious injuries to his arm and neck in the machete attack, is being treated at the Government Medical College Hospital in Kottayam. He is an automobile engineering student at a private institute in Ernakulam.
He was attacked by his girlfriend's brother, Basil Eldose, the police said.
Eldose opposed his sister's affair with Akhil, who belonged to different religion and caste.
Eldose is still at large. The police took his juvenile accomplice - a 17-year-old boy - into custody.
The juvenile apparently informed Eldose about Akhil's movements.
Police said that Eldose has been opposing his sister's relationship with Akhil.
The police have filed a case against Eldose and the 17-year-old under the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
The case is being probed by a team led by Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mohammed Riaz.
Turn of events
Akhil was attacked on the premises of a medical store where he had gone to buy face masks, along with his friend Arun, at 6pm on Sunday.
Eldose, who came by motorbike, dragged Akhil and attacked him with machete.
Onlookers rushed Akhil to the hospital.
Arun, who escaped the attack, said two bike-borne persons attacked them with machetes. "I shielded their attack with my helmet," Arun, whose hand was injured, said.
"They fled when they saw local people rushing to the spot," he said.
He confirmed that Akhil and Eldose's sister knew each other well when they were studying Class 11.
People took severely injured Akhil first to a private hospital in Muvattupuzha. Later, he was shifted to the Kottayam Government Medical College Hospital.
According to reports, Eldose and his family strongly opposed to the girl's relationship with Akhil.
Police said Eldose attacked the youth to put an end to their relationship.
Girl alerted Akhil
The girl apparently had alerted Akhil about the attack when she saw Eldose leaving home with a machete.
Akhil, however, did not take it seriously and proceeded to the medical store to buy the mask.
Akhil's family, too, knew about his love affair. They, however, felt the children would talk about it later and sort it out, they told the police.