Husband sentenced to life for killing wife

Rourkela: A man was convicted and sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for life by a local court for burning his wife to death last year.

Additional District Session Judge Pramod Kumar Mohapatra in his judgement on Thursday found Aslam Ali guilty of killing his wife Meena Lahori by burning her to death.

The judge delivered the verdict after examining 31 witnesses and considering the statement of Meena before her death during the trial.

According to prosecution, Aslam, a resident of Gopabandhupalli slum in the city, was a rickshaw puller and a habitual drinker. He had a quarrel with his wife over a small matter on May 11, 2010 and in a fit of rage set her ablaze after pouring kerosene oil on her.

Meena succumbed to injuries at a hospital on May 21, 2010.

Police had booked Aslam on the basis of complaint filed by victim`s mother, Lalita Lahori.