A 47-year-old man was arrested for allegedly attempting to murder his wife, a teacher by profession, on Monday morning.
The accused, Rajendra Jena, attacked his wife Swarnalata with a sharp weapon causing multiple injuries. Swarnalata was employed as a teacher in Baruneswar Upper Primary school at Arei under Binjharpur police limits, and was teaching in a classroom when the incident occurred.
She was admitted to the local government hospital and later shifted to the district headquarters hospital after her condition deteriorated.
Police said Swarnalata received a phone call from her husband while she was taking class at about 8 am and she asked him to meet her on the school premises. As soon as she stepped outside the classroom, Rajendra pulled out a knife and started attacking her. When other teachers rushed to the spot after hearing her scream, the accused fled.
Headmaster of the school informed local police and Ranjendra was arrested from Arei.
Deepak Kumar, Jajpur SP, informed that dispute between husband and wife over monetary matters was the cause of the attack.
“As Rajendra was unemployed, he used to extract money from Swarnalata which led to disputes on many occasions. Last night, Rajendra demanded money from his wife which the latter refused. He got infuriated and attacked her on school premises this morning,” said the SP.