KERALA

Man kills wife, commits suicide

KOLLAM, MARCH 3. A 32-year-old man, Ajaya Kumar, committed suicide after brutally hacking his 29-year-old wife, Ambika, to death. The incident took place at Kalluvathukkal near here last midnight, the police said. Ambika's body bore deep gashes on the neck. Her body was found lying inside the bedroom by her seven-year-old son, Ajit, early this morning on waking up. The chopper used by her husband to kill her was also found on the bed.

When the boy began wailing out, neighbours rushed to the scene. On searching for Ajaya Kumar, they found him lying in a critical stage at a nearby compound. He had consumed poison and slit a vein. Though the neighbours rushed him to a private hospital, he could not be saved. Police said that Ambika, who had been living with her parents for some time, following some dispute, had returned to her husband only last evening. Soon afterwards a quarrel erupted between the couple.

But Ambika's brothers and neighbours intervened and brought things under control. It was after they had left, that Ajaya Kumar hacked and killed his wife. The bodies were handed over to relatives after a post-mortem examination at the district hospital here. The Paripally police have registered a case.