In a gruesome incident, a 29-year-old man hacked his six-year-old son to death while his wife and another son were battling for life at the hospital here on Sunday.

The police said that Ayyanar was married to Selvi (22) for nine years and have two children, Yogesh (8) and Tamilselvan (6). They were living in Mangalapuram, near Valapadi and later moved to Mangalapuram. On Sunday, a quarrel broke out between the couple and Ayyanar hacked his wife with a sickle. When the two children came near him, Ayyanar also hacked them.

While Tamilselvan died on the spot neighbours rescued Selvi and Yogesh and admitted them to Government Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical College Hospital. Valapadi police registered a case and are looking for Ayyanar, who is still at large.