Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: A private school attender allegedly burnt his wife to death while she was asleep in their single room shed at Narayanaguda in the early hours of Friday.

The accused Nagesh, 28, who reportedly watched his wife Krishnaveni, 22, being charred to death, tried to flee but was caught and handed over to the local police by his relatives living next door. The attender hailing from Kohed in Ranga Reddy district married Krishnaveni who was working as a maid in the same school owner’s house a year ago.

Humiliated

Nagesh felt humiliated when his brother-in-law Babu interfered and slapped him while he had a fight with Krishnaveni the previous day, the Narayanaguda police station Inspector M. Chandrashekhar Reddy said. He picked up an argument with his wife saying the curry she cooked was not tasty and started beating her up when she tried to reason out.

Babu, an autorickshaw driver, who used to live in the neighbouring relative’s house intervened and asked Nagesh not to harass his sister. This resulted in a fight between the two of them. As the attender went on thrashing his sister, Babu allegedly slapped him.

“Embarrassed over being slapped before his wife, the attender left the place and returned home late in the night,” the Inspector explained. He called his wife who was sleeping in the adjacent house of relatives fearing that he would attack her again.

Caught after chase

The unsuspecting woman went with her husband following assurances by the relatives. Around 2 a.m., Nagesh poured kerosene on his wife while she was fast asleep and set her ablaze, the police said. Neighbours woke up as smoke emanated from the shed and saw the attender standing outside his shed. He tried to flee on seeing the approaching neighbours and was caught after a chase.