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Gambler strangles wife to death

Mangaldoi, Aug. 1: After gambling away thousands of rupees, a 55-year-old man flew into a rage and allegedly killed his wife when she protested and refused to pay him extra money.

The incident took place at Ghenamari, 7km from Kharupetia town in Darrang district of Assam. Matiur Rahman strangulated his wife, Ambia Khatun, 40, mother of five children at their residence around midnight last night.

Matiur, after losing everything he had on him, came back home to demand more money from his wife. On her refusal to pay him, he started to argue with her and the altercation turned into a scuffle. Matiur, after thrashing his wife several times, finally strangled her to death, police said.

Villagers alleged that Rahman is a habitual gambler and he often used to beat up his wife after losing at gambling. Other members of the family were present at the time of the incident but, as one of his sons Akhtar said, they all were driven away by their father.

Residents complained that gambling and other anti-social activities become common in the locality. An FIR was lodged in this connection and a police investigation is on to arrest Rahman who is absconding.