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Woman kills drunk husband

Sivasagar, Dec. 25: A woman allegedly beat her husband to death after a quarrel last evening near Sonari in Sivasagar district of Assam.

Puspa Chetia, 26, was arrested, presented before a court and sent to jail for allegedly murdering her “alcoholic” husband, Punakon, 40, who beat her up daily and extorted money from her.

The couple were married for 13 years.

The incident took place at Longpotia Borhula village near Sonari town, 410km from Guwahati, around 6pm yesterday when the mother of five chased her husband to the backyard of their house and beat him up with a stick.

“The man came home in an inebriated state and quarrelled with his wife. Fed up with repeated quarrels, Puspa got hold of a stick and beat up her husband. He ran towards the backyard of the house to hide but she chased him and beat him up till she got exhausted,” a police source said.

She then returned home and locked the door while her husband lay still in the backyard, the source said, adding that Puspa had no inkling that her husband had died.

“She came to know about his death two hours after the incident when neighbours raised the alarm,” the source said.

The village defence party informed the police about the incident around 9pm.

A case had been filed against her under Section 302 IPC at Sonari police station.

The police said she had confessed to beating her husband and her statement had been recorded. The stick she used to beat up Punakon has been recovered.

Puspa worked as a maid in nearby households and ran her family with her earnings.

Punakon’s body was sent to Sivasagar civil hospital for post-mortem.

Alcoholism has become a menace in the district, particularly in the rural areas, with easy accessibility to liquor at illegal joints across the district, sources said.