Kochi: Three members of a family were hacked to death by a relative at Mukkannur near Angamaly on Monday.
Sivan (60) of Arackal, Erappu; his wife Valsa (56) and daughter Smitha (33) were murdered by Sivan's younger brother Babu.
The incident took place around 5.30 in the evening.
Though Babu fled the scene after committing the crime, he was arrested later from Koratty. Before being taken into custody, Babu tried to commit suicide by riding his bike into the pond on the premises of Chirangara temple at Koratty.
It is suspected that a dispute over property sharing led to the gruesome crime.