A man has been accused of brutally killing his wife with a pestle after a heated argument ensued between them over sharing alcohol in the Annamayya district, Andhra Pradesh, India on Wednesday, Aug. 31.

The accused, identified as 50-year-old Munireddi Naik, and his wife, 40-year-old Shantamma, reportedly worked as daily wagers and had the habit of drinking alcohol together at home. While the couple was drinking together on Wednesday night, Aug. 31, Shantamma reportedly consumed the portion of alcohol that Naik had kept aside for himself, the Hindu reported.

This led to a heated argument between the couple. As their confrontation escalated, Naik, in a fit of rage, allegedly picked up a pestle and began bludgeoning his wife Shantamma with it. Shantamma suffered grievous injuries in the attack and died at the scene. After murdering his wife, Naik immediately fled the scene of the crime.

Local law enforcement has launched an investigation into the killing and launched a manhunt to nab the suspect who remains at large.

In a similar but unrelated incident, a man has been accused of thrashing his wife to death with a stick after she refused to give him money to buy alcohol in Bemetara, Chhattisgarh, India, Latin Times reported.

The accused, identified as Bhanu Devangan, had allegedly asked his wife, Santoshi Devangan, to lend him some money to buy a bottle of liquor when their argument turned violent.

After Santoshi refused to give the suspect the money he demanded, Bhanu reportedly felt enraged and erupted into a heated tirade against his wife. During the confrontation, however, Bhanu, in a fit of rage, allegedly picked up a stick and began brutally bludgeoning his wife in the head.

When Bhanu saw that Santoshi was bleeding profusely, he panicked and rushed her to the nearby district hospital from where she was transferred to Raipur Hospital for advanced treatment. However, she was declared dead upon arrival at the health facility.

Following the incident, the Bemetara police officers took the accused into custody and registered a case in connection with the incident.

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