Bhubaneswar: In a most inhuman act, a man set his pregnant woman on fire at Patadei Slum in Mancheswar area of Odisha capital last night. She later succumbed to her burn injuries.
The accused has been identified as Bibhisan Sandel, a daily wage labourer.
According to reports, he was in an inebriated state last night when a heated exchange of words erupted with her wife. He lost his cool and set his wife Sukanti, who was pregnant, on fire in a fit of rage.
Mancheswar police has seized the body and sent it to the Capital Hospital here for post-mortem with arrest of the accused.
Investigation into the murder is underway and a case has been registered in this connection, a police official said.