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Thiruvananthapuram: In a shocking incident, a man barged into the house of an elderly couple and set them on fire at Pallickal here on Saturday. Prabhakara Kurup (70) succumbed to severe burn injuries, while his wife Kumari is under critical condition. The accused is identified as Panappamkunnu native Sasidharan Nair. He is also hospitalised after suffering burns amid the attack.
The incident happened on Saturday morning. After entering the house, Sasidharan smashed the heads of the couple with a hammer and set them ablaze after pouring petrol. The locals rushed to the spot and took three of them to the hospital. However, they failed to save Prabhakara Kurup.
Prabhakara Kurup had helped Sasidharan’s son to move to a gulf country earlier. Unfortunately, he killed himself there. Following this, several skirmishes broke out between the families of Sasidharan and Prabhakara Kurup. Police inferred that these brawls may have ended up in the murder.