Seven people, including six of a family from Suntikoppa in Kodagu, were killed in a head-on collision between a van and a car near Periyapatna on Thursday.

The victims were identified as Shafi Ahmed (46), his wife Rameeza Begum (42), their children Apnan (6), Irfan (19) and Tasleema (16), and a relative Rafique (18), all of whom were in one vehicle, and Chowdaiah, former Mysore Zilla Panchayat member. Police sources said Mr. Ahmed was returning to Suntikoppa with his family after visit his mother at Periyapatna while Mr. Chowdaiah was returning from Bylakuppe towards Periyapatna when the accident took place near Manchegowdanahalli at around 8 p.m.