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The argument broke out on Wednesday when a 48-year-old man and his three sons were allegedly syphoning large quantities of water from a public tank near Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu state.
A local man, named as D. Anand Babu, confronted them and violence broke out, police said. Babu was taken to hospital and died the next day. His father was also injured in the altercation.
Vast swathes of India have been sweltering a heatwave in recent days with temperatures nearing 50˚C in northern states like Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.
Large areas have also been hit by drought, leaving millions dependent on water trucks and adding to the misery of farmers in states such as Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Karnataka.
The problems have been exacerbated by the late arrival of monsoon rains, although they were due to make landfall in southwestern India within 24 hours, forecasters said Friday.
At least 24 people were killed in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh on Thursday overnight as raging winds flattened homes, trees and electricity poles.
State disaster officials told AFP that 56 people were injured in the freak dust storms that swept large parts of the state.
The weather office predicted winds ranging between 50 and 70 kilometres per hour (30 and 50 mph) would hit parts of the state over the next two days.
Last year a similar dust storm left a trail of destruction across the northern state, killing at least 150 people.
Dust storms engulfed areas of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. Motorists were urged to exercise caution in the streets
NCM shared videos showing towering dust swirls over the ridges in wet and windy conditions.
A spokesman for the Australian flag carrier said Qantas "completely" rejected the suggestion that race was a factor in the incident.
Three-day official mourning declared, flag to be flown at half-mast
No casualties were reported and firefighters were able to bring the fire under control.
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday harshly criticised opposition parties for what he termed “a circus on containers” aimed at evading accountability.