The district and sessions court here has sentenced one Harsingh Mura, the gaon bura (village chief) of Kherem Mura village in Arunachal Pradesh’s Changlang district to life imprisonment for murdering his wife.

District and Sessions judge H Kashyap, who pronounced the judgment virtually on Wednesday, also imposed a fine on Mura after holding him guilty under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code.

According to the prosecution, Mura assaulted his wife with a wooden stool over suspicion of an extra-marital relationship after which she fell on the ground. The incident occurred on the intervening night of January 07 and 08, 2016.

Mura then took out a machete and inflicted several injuries on her face and head that resulted in subdural and intracranial haemorrhages. The woman died on the spot.

He then covered her dead body with a blanket and fled away from his house.

Mura’s daughter found the dead body the next morning, and his son accordingly lodged an FIR at the local police station. Mura was on the run for about a month before he was arrested by police.

Police inspector C Longri of Bordumsa police station had initiated the investigation and sub-inspector R Borang had later submitted the chargesheet against Murah.

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