A man burnt his wife, daughter and son and then locked them inside a trunk at Natar village in Haryana’s Sirsa district on Tuesday night.
The victims were identified as Amarjit Kaur (32), Sahez Singh (6 months), Navdeep Kaur (18 months), residents of Natar village of the district.
Police have registered a murder case against Malkiyat Singh, the accused, his father Bhagat Singh and two others on the complaint of Randhir Singh, Amarjit’s brother.
The crime came to light when neighbours saw smoke billowing out of the house of the accused on Wednesday morning. Soon, villagers informed the police.
Sirsa superintendent of police (SP) Davinder Yadav and deputy superintendent of police (DSP, headquarters) SS Sheoran reached the spot and doused the fire.
The police later recovered the bodies of the woman and the two children from a trunk which was kept in a room.
Randhir Singh told the police that his sister was married to Malkiyat in 2010 and the accused was having an illicit affair with another woman. Randhir said Malkiyat used to beat his sister and demand money for his extravagant tastes.
“On Tuesday, the accused brought his paramour home, which led to heated arguments with Amarjit,” said Yadav.
No one has been arrested so far in the case, the police said.
Yadav said, “A case has been registered under sections 302 and 304B/34 sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).”