Hyderabad: A man set ablaze his wife and four-year-old son at their residence at Karasgutti village in Sangareddy district on Wednesday. The accused Ch Venkat Reddy was furious when his wife refused to sell her four-acre plot land in her name.

The deceased have been identified as Ch Kavita (28) and their four-year-old son Dinesh Reddy.

Police said that Vankat, a cab driver was an alcohol addict and also tried his luck in business but failed. He spent Rs 20 lakh that he got after selling his two-acre land. He wanted more and asked his wife to sell four acres of land in her name. When she refused, he poured kerosene over her and killed her to secure the land in his name after her death.

Terrified that his son would reveal the crime, he killed him too by setting him ablaze.

Narayankhed Dy SP R Satyanarayana told a leading daily that he did the heinous crime at 2.30 pm on Wednesday. Since all the doors and windows were closed, it did not raise any alarm to the neigbours. He returned home drunk at 9 pm and pretended to be shocked on seeing them dead and went crying to the neighbours.

The village sarpanch later doubted and called the police.

Venkat had earlier refused to commit to the crime, but as he sobered, he confessed to the crime.

Police arrested him on charges of murder under IPC Section 302.

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