**Bhubaneswar:** In a gruesome incident, a daily wage labourer named Bibhisan Sandel allegedly burnt his pregnant wife Sukanti alive after a heated argument in Patadei Basti of Bhubaneswar late on Friday night.
“At around 3 am, there was commotion and we woke up to find our house in flames. We broke open the door only to find my bhauja (sister-in-law) burnt. On asking, my brother said that he had strangulated him before setting fire on her.”
A case has been registered in Mancheswar police limits and the police have arrested the accused husband. The body has been seized by the police and has been sent for autopsy to the Capital Hospital.
According to KP Mishra, IIC, “As per the preliminary investigation, this murder seems to be a fallout of family dispute created over suspicion regarding illicit relationship. Further investigation is on.”
DCP Satyabrata Bhoi clarified, “We are waiting for the post mortem report to ascertain the real cause of the death.”
Notably, the couple hailed from Keonjhar and were living in Bhubaneswar.