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Man jailed for burning wife to death


JORHAT, Dec 28: Jorhat District and Sessions Judge VK Chandak has sentenced a tea garden worker to seven years rigourous imprisonment after convicting him of killing his wife over five years back by burning her after pouring petrol on her body.

The judge after convicting Satish Telenga, a worker of Lohpohia Tea Estate under Pulibor Police Station on the outskirts here, under Section 304 (II) of the IPC (Culpable homicide not amounting to murder), also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on him.

On default of the payment of the fine the convict will have to undergo another six months rigourous imprisonment, the Judge stated on Thursday.

Telenga was convicted of killing his wife Nomi Rabidas, also a worker of the garden, by pouring petrol on her body and setting her on fire at his garden quarter after reportedly taking out petrol from his two-wheeler.

The incident occurred on January 26, 2013 and the victim succumbed to her injuries on February 7, 2013 at the Assam Medical College and Hospital, Dibrugarh.

Following the death of Nomi, her family members lodged an FIR against Telenga and a case was registered against him charging him with killing his wife.

Telenga was accused of torturing his wife after getting drunk and demanding money from her for gambling.

Failure to pay money to Telenga allegedly led him to physically abuse his wife, the family members alleged.

Altogether 12 witnesses were examined by the court during the trial.

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