The incident took place in the wee hours today when around four to five dacoits attacked the house of one Subash Pathade with the aim to loot it, Sub Divisional Police Officer (SPDO), Parbhani, Devidas Patil said.
When they were unable to find any money or valuables, they allegedly started beating Subhash (52), his wife Shantabai (48) with an axe, following which they died on the spot, the officer said.
After this, the dacoits attacked the house of the Phulpagare family in the neighbouring area to loot valuables and axed 60-year-old Bhaurao Rajaram Phulpagare to death.
Two other family members - Suryabhan and Parvatibai, sustained injuries after they were beaten by the dacoits, he said.
The injured have been admitted to the civic hospital here and a case under relevant sections of IPC is registered at the Manwat police station and efforts are on to nab the absconding accused, Patil added.