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A youth shot dead his father and stepmother before abducting his 15-year-old stepbrother in Karhal police area of Mainpuri district late on Tuesday night.

A senior police official said the incident occurred at Jalalpur village on Sirsaganj-Sikhohabad highway. On Tuesday night, the accused Manish, 25, accompanied by an aide, barged into his house and assaulted his stepmother Sushma, 35 with the butt of a country-made firearm. When his father Sukhram tried to intervene, the accused shot both him and his stepmother dead and kidnapped his stepbrother Abhishek at gunpoint.

"According to neighbours, Manish and his stepmother quarreled often and the latter used to torture him and compel him to do household chores," said a police official. The police are investigating if a property dispute was also involved and have launched a manhunt to trace Manish and his aide and rescue the kidnapped boy. The bodies have been sent for post-mortem.

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