TALCHER: A man, accused of dowry torture, fired at his wife and mother-in-law at the latter’s house in Talcher on Saturday night. While his wife Chuni died on the spot, the critically injured Tuni has been to SCB Medical at Cuttack.
SDPO Ban Behari Sahu said Chuni had married Ratnakar Behera of Parang village under Nisha police limits in Angul district in 2007. Chuni had lodged a complaint of dowry torture in Nisha police station last year and since then she had been living at her father’s place at Handhidhua.
Ratnakar had reportedly visited his in-law’s place two days back requesting them to let him take his wife back home. But was declined.
Police said this might have infuriated Ratnakar who shot his wife dead. Their three-year-old son witnessed the crime while the father-in-law Anand was out of the house at the time of the incident.
The police have seized live cartridges and a magazine from the spot. Ratnakar is absconding.