Nine members of a family, including a five-year-old boy, sustained serious burn injuries following a dispute involving the relatives of a married couple in a village in Madhya Pradesh's Guna district, a police official said on Tuesday.
The incident took place in the evening when Jitendra Kevat, along with his family members, went to his wife's house to resolve a dispute between them.
Mr Kevat is a resident of Bidouria village, police station in-charge Madan Mohan Malviya said.
Initial reports suggested that following a verbal spat between the two sides, nine persons were set ablaze, he said.
However, the exact cause behind the incident will be known after a detailed probe, the police official said.
The injured persons were admitted to the district hospital, where the condition of the five-year-old boy was stated to be critical, he added.