Six persons were burnt to death in Kanuru village in Ponnampet police station limits in the wee hours of Saturday.
The accused, identified as Vara, who is also a relative of the victims, had allegedly set fire to the dwelling where the six were staying.
Superintendent of Kodagu district police Kshama Mishra told The Hindu that three persons, including a six-year-old child, died on the spot. Three others died at a hospital in Mysuru, where they were rushed.
The police has formed a team to trace the accused. Prima facie, the provocation for the act is a “family dispute.” But, more details will emerge during the investigation, police said.
The victims belonged to a nearby village and were on a visit to Kanuru.
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