Woman allegedly sets husband ablaze after argument

Balrampur: A minor argument between a man and his wife took an ugly turn as the women allegedly poured kerosene on her husband and set him afire, police said.

According to a police official, the man had objected to his wife talking on the mobile phone, which triggered a verbal altercation.

The police are now on the lookout for the accused woman, while a probe has also been ordered against some of the men in khaki also, over alleged inaction on the complaint, the official said.

The incident took place on February 7, when Nanke (35) had an argument with his wife Pooja, he said.

“Pooja was angry, as she was not allowed to speak. When Nanke went to sleep after having meal, Pooja sprinkled kerosene on him and burnt him alive,” the police officer said.

Hearing Nanke’s cries, his family members rushed him to a hospital, from where he was referred to Lucknow. Nanke succumbed to his injuries yesterday, the officer said.

The woman, meanwhile, fled the spot, police said.

Superintendent of Police Pramod Kumar said, “We have registered a case against the accused woman based on the complaint filed by the deceased’s brother. Efforts are being made to trace the woman and arrest her,” he said.

“No action was taken against the accused woman by the police from February 8 to February 12, despite the complaint lodged by the deceased’s family members on February 8. As a result, instructions have also been issued to initiate probe against policemen for their laxity in duty,” he said.