A gram panchayat member was murdered by her husband in broad daylight in Hunsur on Tuesday.

The victim, Bhagya Jyothi (34), was a member of the Singaramaranahalli Gram Panchayat.

The incident took place when she was returning from court after completing divorce proceedings for the day. According to an eyewitness, her estranged husband Dinesh came on a two-wheeler and assaulted her with a machete at the market place. She died on the spot.

Dinesh fled the scene and the Hunsur police have launched a hunt to catch him.