"As per information, family and land disputes are reasons of the killing... this cannot be linked to law and order," Munda said.
However, police sources have denied the chief minister's claim.
"One male member each of the both families were associated with criminal gangs. We are investigating the case," Deputy Inspector General of Police (Ranchi) Sampat Meena told reporters in Gumla.
A total of nine people were killed in two incidents in Gumla district.
In the first incident, five people were axed to death in Taisera village. Two women and two children were among the victims. Family member Suman Tirkey was a part of a criminal gang.
In Brinda Mahuatoli village, four people had their throats slit. They belonged the family of Madan Gope, who was earlier associated with a criminal gang.
The killings took place between late Wednesday and Thursday morning.
Police teams reached both the villages Thursday for investigations.
The Congress has condemned the incident and demanded Rs.10 lakh compensation for each victim.
"Law and order situation is worsening in the state," state Congress president Pradeep Balmuchu said.
Ranchi: Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda Thursday denied there was a breakdown of the law and order machinery in the state, even as nine people, including four women and three children, were murdered in two separate incidents in Gumla district.
First Published: Thursday, January 06, 2011, 21:39