New Delhi:  At least four members of a family were charred to death in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, police said on Sunday. A couple and their children were burnt alive while they were asleep at their home in Rajulakandriga village in the early hours of the day.

Police said that charred remains of Srinivas Reddy, 38, an autorickshaw driver, his wife Bujjamma, 33, daughter Bhaviah, 4, and son Nitin, 3, were found on a bed.

Senior police officers along with forensic experts rushed to the scene and gathered clues. Police are investigating the cause of the fire. They suspect that cooking gas leakage might have led to the tragedy.

In a similar incident, six members of a family, including two children and a woman, had died after meeting with a road accident in Andhra Pradesh’s Kurnool.  The passengers were travelling in an auto trolley which was hit by a truck from behind near Peddahutur village. The family was on their way to a ‘dargah’ at Eltari for a tonsuring ceremony of a newborn, when the accident occurred.

In an earlier incident, two people were killed and five more injured when their car was hit from behind by a speeding truck on the Ghatoli bypass in Jhalawar district. The deceased, Deepak Mehar (15) and Pankaj Mehar (18), were from Gulkhedi village of the area, Ghatoli police station SHO Sanjay Chandel said.