Staff Reporter

NELLORE: Three persons of a family were murdered while another one was injured in an attack by their rivals at Mahammadapuram of Podalakur mandal of the district in the early hours of Wednesday.

According to the police, families of Palleboina Venkaiah and Muvva Venkaiah were involved in family feuds. " Venkaiah, P. Seenaiah, P. Thirupalaiah, P. Lakshmaiah, P. Dayakar and 15 others hatched a plan to attack Venkaiah's family members.

Accordingly they waited for an opportunity and in the early hours of Wednesday, attacked Venkaiah on the pretext that his buffaloes had grazed in their fields. The police said that they allegedly attacked Venkaiah (60), his wife Ramasubbamma (50), his son Baburao (30) with knives. The three died on the spot while Venkaiah's another son Seenaiah managed to escape.

The accused are at large and a police picket has been posted in the village.