In a gruesome incident, a middle aged woman was axed to death allegedly by her husband at Rajivnagar here in the wee hours of Monday.

The deceased was identified as M Yellamma, 50, a resident of Rajivnagar in the town.

According to sources, M Shankar, a fisherman, allegedly returned home in a drunken condition on Sunday night. He reportedly picked up an argument with his wife Yellamma when she refused to give him money for liquor. Infuriated over denial of money, Shankar, a few hours later, allegedly hacked Yellamma with an axe while she was fast asleep . The family members of the deceased noticed her body lying in a pool of blood in the wee hours of the day and passed on the information to the local police.

The three-town police registered a case and took up investigation.