A man chopped off another man's wrist with a meat cleaver following an argument over Rs 100 on Monday in Herohalli, near Sunkadakatte in west Bangalore.
Charan, 20, and his friends were drinking tea outside a bakery on Monday afternoon when Abhishek came over on his bike and demanded money from Charan and his friends.
But suddenly Abhishek attacked Charan and chopped off his left wrist when Charan refused to fulfil Abhishek's demands and a heated argument took place between the two, police said.
Abhishek managed to escape on his bike but the police are searching for him, police said, adding that Charan was rushed to hospital where doctors operated upon him to preserve the palm, which was in "near amputation" stage, and reconstructed the wrist in an emergency surgery.
Tavarekere police that is investigating into the case questioned Charan's friends. "It isn't practical for someone to carry out such a brutal attack for Rs 100. There is more to this attack, so we're investigating the motive of the case in detail. We are yet to take the statement from the victim as he is undergoing treatment," said sub-inspector Jagadeesh from Tavarekere police station.
Charan's father Ranga Swamy said his son was into body building and he had no enemies. "I was shocked when I heard he was attacked. I rushed to hospital and learnt that his hand had been chopped off," he said.
SI Jagadeesh said that Abhishek was caught few months ago in a case of murder bid but was released for being a juvenile.
"Charan was taken in for an emergency surgery. His bones were fixed using an external stabilizer system, and the severed arteries, veins, nerves and muscles were repaired and reconstructed using operating microscope technology," said Dr Chaitanya D, consultant, hand surgeon at Hosmat Hospital.