In a gruesome incident,a man allegedly killed four of his family members including his wife,daughter and son before committing suicide in Odisha’s Keonjhar district,police said today.
45-year-old Srikrishna Mahanta hacked to death his wife Rukuni (40),daughter Sabita (15),son Suresh (12) and elder sister Sarathi (50) at their house in Gandabarei village late last night,the police said.
After committing the ghastly act,Mahanta cut the bodies into pieces using sharp weapons and set the remains afire,the police said adding he then jumped into the fire and committed suicide.
Though some neighbours had reached the site after hearing the noise and screams,they failed to muster courage to intervene instantly,they said.
Police reached the spot after getting a phone call from the villagers informing about the incident,the police said.
The five semi burnt bodies were recovered from the spot and handed over to the family members after post-mortem,while further investigation was on,the police said.
The exact reason behind the incident was yet to be ascertained but preliminary information indicated it might have been triggered by family dispute,the police said.