RAJOURI: A villager beaten his wife to death and caused severe injuries to his minor daughter when she tried to resist and protect her mother at village Kharak in Sunderbani today.
The incident took place in Kharak village of Kalakote police station area of Rajouri district.
The deceased has been identified as 42-year-old Neelam Devi. Police said over some domestic issue, Kartar Chand
(45) severely beaten up his wife with blows and kicks. When his 15-year-old daughter tried to intervene and save her mother, she was also beaten up severely by him.
Neelam sustained some internal injuries and had blood vomiting and turned unconscious. The daughter raised alarm and neighbours rushed there. They shifted Neelam to Sunderbani hospital where doctors declared her as brought dead.
Her daughter Ankita has been referred to Jammu Medical College in critical condition.
The police registered a case and arrested accused Kartar Chand. The body was sent for postmortem.
Simultaneously, he added, raids were conducted and the accused Kartar Chand son of Munshi Ram resident of Kharak was arrested from forest area of village while weapon of offence, a water supply hard iron pipe, has been seized.
A case under relevant sections of law including charges of murder has been registered at Kalakote police station, he said further.
He said three other relatives of the accused have been taken into custody for questioning into the matter.