The accused then walked to a nearby police outpost, carrying the severed head of his wife in his hands, and surrendered, said officials.
According to the police, the victim Usha Devi and her husband Ram Sewak had an argument over a family matter.
“Sewak brutally killed his wife with a ‘khurpa’ (shovel like tool) and beheaded her. He then went to the Behjam police outpost with his wife’s severed head and surrendered. A case of murder has been lodged and Ram Sewak has been sent to jail,” Neemgaon, station officer, DK Singh said.
The couple, residents of Behjam in Lakhimpur Khiri district, had gone to their fields on Monday morning, added Singh.
“They had an argument following which Ram Sewak lost his cool and killed his wife. The villagers claimed that Ram Sewak was mentally unstable, and had once earlier even chased his brother in a fit of anger. However, this is yet to be proved,” Singh said.