A man and his two children are dead and the youngsters' mother is in critical state in northern India after a settling of scores by her family, police said Monday.

The murders were committed Sunday night at the village of Kearha in the northern Indian province of Bihar, police told the IANS news agency.

The victims were Dinaru Bind, a 28-year-old man who was gunned down, and his two children, a 3-year-old girl and a boy of 7 months, who had their throats cut.

The perpetrators of the crimes also cut the throats of the Dinaru's wife and the children's mother Rina Devi, who is currently between life and death at an area hospital, according to the police report.

Rina eloped with Dinaru four years ago and married him against her family's wishes; the couple returned to the village just a few months ago.

Both Rina's father, Wakeel Bin, and her brothers Suresh and Sambhu continued to oppose the marriage and ordered the couple to leave the village or suffer the consequences, police agent Suresh Kumar said.

Police are looking for Wakeel Bind and his sons.

Several other crimes of family honor have occurred in Bihar in recent months - in August a man killed his sister and his niece and threw their bodies in the Ganges after cutting them to pieces, also in reprisal for marrying against the family's wishes. EFE