A clash between two groups under the influence of liquor left one person dead in Weligama last night.

Police said the 56-year-old victim had been admitted to the Matara Hospital after being struck by an axe during the clash. He succumbed to injuries. The victim is an area resident.

A suspect, who is also an area resident, has been arrested in connection with the killing. The suspect had also suffered minor injuries during the clash and he is currently being treated at the Matara hospital under police guard.

Police said the motive for the murder was a longstanding dispute between two groups. Weligama Police are investigating.