THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A retired ASI committed suicide after hacking his wife, who is also a retired head constable, at their residence at Thozhuvancode near Vattiyoorkavu in Thiruvananthapuram.
The deceased, Ponnan, (75) and Leela, (73) were engaged in a heated argument over a property dispute.
Ponnan committed suicide by hanging on a tree on the premises and Leela succumbed to severe injuries later at medical college hospital.
As per the police version, the incident occurred around 7 am on Saturday when the husband and wife were engaged in a quarrel on the property bifurcation.
The argument turned deadly when Poonan hacked his wife on her head using a kitchen knife.
Neighbours informed the police and ambulance after hearing screams from their house.
According to the nearby residents, the couple used to quarrel with each other for a long time
The Vattiyoorkavu police have registered a case and begun a probe and said that the inquest of Ponnan is in progress.
Leela's body has been shifted to the morgue of a medical college hospital for an autopsy.
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