An altercation over the menace of stray dogs in Palempalli on the outskirts of Kadapa city led to the murder of A. Viswanath, 24, who married just three months ago, and severe injuries to his in-laws and brother-in-law on Tuesday night.

Modhodu Ramana was enraged at stray dogs confronting him before his brother Penchalaiah's house and an altercation ensued. In a fit of rage Ramana allegedly beat his brother's son-in-law Viswanath to death and inflicted injuries on Penchalaiah, sister-in-law Venkatasubbamma and brother-in-law Ramana and fled, according to the police. Viswanath succumbed to injuries on the way to RIMS Hospital and the other injured were admitted in the hospital.