Berhampur, Feb. 21: A 45-year-old autorickshaw driver from Mumbai strangled his wife in the lavatory of the Bhubaneswar-bound Konark Express when the train was passing through Srikakulam in Andhra Pradesh last night.
The accused, Kishore Behera, a native of Khurda, was arrested by the Srikakulam police and sent to judicial custody. The deceased has been identified as Lata Prakash, 40, also from Odisha.
“Both husband and wife were on their way to Khurda Road station from Mumbai in coach number S-7 of Konark Express. Kishore Behera strangled his wife to death with a steel chain used to tie luggage inside the lavatory,” said Naveen Kumar, officer, railway police Srikakulam road station.
Some passengers of the same coach heard Lata’s screams and tried to rescue her. But the lavatory door was bolted from inside.
The ticket collector was informed and the railway police was called.
After repeatedly knocking on the door, the policemen cut the window from outside and entered the lavatory.
They caught the accused and sent Lata’s body for post-mortem. The accused was handed over to the Srikakulam police.
The police handed over Lata’s body to her family members today after a post-mortem was conducted at RIMS Hospital in Srikakulam. M. Prasad, superintendent of police, Srikakulam, who had visited the spot, said the case was being thoroughly investigated.
“Kishore was mentally unstable and his replies during interrogation were conflicting. We have not yet been able to establish the motive behind the murder,” said the police officer.
The couple was married for 20 years and have a son and daughter in Mumbai.