A local court on Monday sentenced Birpal, 32, to life imprisonment, along with Rs 5,000 fine, for burning a woman to death over Rs 50. The incident had taken place in 2011. The victim, Bhagwati, 45, a widow, was living with her children in Rajiv Colony, Sector 17 of Panchkula and came in contact with the accused in 2009.
Nhagwati had two daughters, one was married and other was 22- year-old, at that time.
On October 8, 2011, Birpal was angry over some issue and after consuming liquor he asked for Rs 50 from Bhagwati. He wanted to buy more liquor but she refused. In rage, he poured kerosene over her and set her afire. After that he fled from the scene. She had to be admitted to Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, in a serious condition. Bhagwati succumbed to her burn injuries on October 14, 2011.
A case under Section 302 of Indian Penal Code was registered against Birpal. The police arrested Birpal on October 21, 2011 from his native village in Bhimnagar district in Uttar Pradesh. He was held guilty on August 8 this year.