An Indian villager axed to death four women and five young girls on Thursday while apparently mentally disturbed after his wife left him, police said.
Pandu Nagesia, 35, killed nine of his neighbors during his rampage through Behratoli village in the central state of Chhattisgarh, district police chief Govardhan Singh Darroh said by telephone.
The victims were five girls aged between two and nine, a 25-year-old and three women over 60, he said.
“A total of nine females were axed to death,” Darroh said.
“The accused, Nagesia, first attacked a 25-year-old woman and her two-year-old child and axed them to death, subsequently killing his neighbors one after another,” the police chief said.
“The accused seems to be mentally disturbed after his wife deserted him,” he added, after Nagesia was taken into custody and the axe recovered from the village, 625km north of the state capital, Raipur.
An eyewitness said the incident happened in the afternoon when some women and children had assembled at a house after their male relatives had gone to work.