Pathanamthitta: In a shocking incident, two boys, aged six and two, were murdered allegedly by their paternal uncle in front of their mother and grandmother in a village in Pathanamthitta District Sunday.
Shibu, an autorickshaw driver, stormed into his elder brother Shaiju's house at Keekozhur village, scattered chilly powder on the faces of the two women before slitting the throats of the kids with a sharp knife, police said.
Shibu had a long-running dispute with his brother Shaiju, working in the Gulf, over family property, neighbours told police.
Both the children died on the spot writhing in pain and profusely bleeding.
Their mother Bindu, who suffered serious injuries while trying to save them, has been admitted to a hospital while her mother-in-law is in a state of shock.
After murdering his nephews, Shibu remained at the spot till the police came and arrested him.