Unidentified criminals hacked to death seven members of a family, including three women and a one-year-old child in Bawankheri village of Rajabpur police station on Monday night.
Assailants slit the throats of Shaukat Ali, his wife Hashmi, sons Rashid and Anees, daughter-in-law Anjum, 15-year-old nephew Rabia and a one-year-old son of Anees.
Angry over the murders, neighbours blocked the road nearby demanding immediate arrest of the culprits.
Shaukat was teacher at Kisan Inter College in Saharpur village, while his son Rasheed was doing MCA in Meerut. Anees was employed with Havel's company. His daughter-in-law was eligible to become a teacher. The family owns a mango orchard and a small land on the main road of the village.
"The cause of the murders has not been ascertained as yet," said DIG of Moradabad range Badri Prasad, but property dispute is suspected to be the reason.
"One suspect has been taken into custody," said Prasad, adding that a team has been formed to investigate the matter.
Inspector of Rajabpur Kotwali Baburam Sagar, sub-inspector Karamveer Singh and a beat constable have been suspended for failing to perform their duties.
Senior police officials including IG of Barielly zone and Prasad are camping in the village to keep close watch on the investigation.