Aizawl: The displaced Bru people lodged at six relief camps in Tripura demanded a magisterial inquiry into the alleged killing of a Bru woman by her husband on Wednesday.
The Bru leaders alleged that the victim, Linda Bru, was burnt alive by her husband, Vanlalvena, a resident of Tlangkhang village in Mamit district.
Thousands of Bru women staged protest rally on Monday over the alleged murder and prevented Mizoram officials from entering relief camps for repatriation.
Meanwhile, a statement issued by state police on Wednesday said that a 33-year-old Bru woman identified as Linda, who was allegedly a live-in partner of Vanlalvena (43) of Tlangkhang village in Mamit district, sustained serious burn injuries. The incident occurred on October 3.
The victim was rushed to Kolasib district hospital and then to Aizawl civil hospital. She was later referred to Zoram Medical College where she succumbed to her injuries on October 5.
A criminal case has been registered at Mamit police station and is under investigation.
Mamit SP Shasank Jaiswal said that the accused has been arrested following FIR registered by Linda’s sister, who alleged that the accused had assaulted and burnt her sister with petrol.
According to the police, a prima-facie investigation revealed that the incident was likely a result of dispute between Linda and her partner and maybe a case of accidental burning. However, the case has been treated as a murder case, they said.
The incident should not be turned into communal colour between the Mizos and Brus as legal action has been already initiated, police said.