A 45-year-old man killed four members of his family before committing suicide in Odisha's Keonjhar district early today, police said. The incident took place at Ganda Barai village.
Srikrishna Mahanta killed his wife (40), daughter (16), son (14), and elder sister (50) with an axe while they were sleeping before setting himself and the bodies of his family members on fire, Baidyanath Sahu, a senior district police officer, said.
Although the reason behind the tragedy is yet to be ascertained, a preliminary inquiry pointed out that the man doubted his wife's integrity and was also upset over his daughter's failure in the Class 10 board examinations, Sahu said.
"We have recovered all the five charred bodies and sent them for autopsy," the officer added.