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Life term for man, wife acquitted

india Updated: Dec 14, 2006 14:11 IST

THE DISTRICT court on Wednesday sentenced a man to life imprisonment for setting ablaze his sister-in-law, who had died at her house in Nishatpura early this year.

Additional Sessions Judge AK Pandey convicted Umesh Maurya, a municipal employee, for burning his sister in-law Anita to death. Umesh’s wife Indu, who was also an accused, was acquitted.

The incident had occurred on July 5. Anita, 34, had succumbed to burns at Aped Hospital on Berasia Road. In dying declaration, she had said that her brother-in-law Umesh and his wife who lived in another part of the same house, poured kerosene on her and set her afire.

Her husband, a bank employee, was away to another City at the time of the incident. The dispute was over distribution of her mother-in-law’s pension among the sons apart from claim on the house. Anita battled for life for over a fortnight before she died. The police had booked Umesh and his wife for murder.

Subsequently, the charge-sheet was put up in the court. The court held Maurya guilty of murdering his sister-in-law and sentenced him for life apart from a fine of Rs 2,000.