Jagatsinghpur: In a gruesome incident, a man stoned his wife to death and later set her body on fire at Baragol village under Sadar police limits in Jagatsinghpur district last night.
The deceased has been identified as Rashmita Rout.
Sources said Rashmita had married Rudra Prasanna Rout about nine years ago and the couple has a 5-year-old son. However, both used to fight with each other frequently over family issues. The situation went violent last night and Rudra in a fit of rage killed his wife by smashing her head with a stone. After she died, the accused set her body on fire after pouring petrol on her.
Later, Rudra went to Sadar police station and confessed to his crime. The police arrested him and later recovered the half-burnt body of the woman from the house today. Further investigation is on in this connection.