A travel agent on Friday attempted to kill himself and his family members here by sprinkling petrol over them, but was prevented from doing so by the police and photo journalists present there.

Tariq Ahmad Rather, along with his wife, sister and mother-in-law, tried to immolate themselves at the Press Enclave after having an altercation with fellow agents, a police official said.

Rather worked as a travel agent at a bus stand in Lal Chowk, which was recently relocated to another place following a High Court order.

While he wanted to work independently at the new place, other travel agents demanded that he join the union.