A man in India was arrested for beheading his wife with a sharp weapon after the couple had a heated argument.

The incident took place Saturday in the northeastern state of Tripura. Local police officer Soumya Debbarma said the man, identified as Soumitra Reang, made country liquor to earn a living, and was a habitual drinker.

Following an argument with his wife, 30-year-old Sandhya Murasingh, Reang attacked and killed her.

Neighbors alerted the police after they heard loud noises coming from the couple's home, the Times of India reported. When police arrived at the scene, they found the victim's decapitated body lying in a pool of blood on the floor. Reang was found lying next to the dead body. 

He was arrested and booked for the murder, the Times of India reported. Preliminary investigation found Reang was depressed for a while. 

“After arresting him, we took him to a local hospital for medical examination where the doctors found injuries on his head. He has been shifted to Agartala. Once he is released, we will take him to court," Debbarma told the Hindustan Times.

Earlier this month, a man allegedly bludgeoned his wife to death with a pair of scissors in the eastern Indian state of Rajasthan. Local reports said the accused killed his wife following an argument. 

“On Sunday night, the police control room received a call from Vikram Singh, 35, who said he had killed his wife. When our police team reached their house, the door was closed. Upon knocking Singh opened the door to us. His clothes were bloodstained while the body of his wife was lying in the room. Preliminary investigation suggests that Singh murdered his wife with a tailoring scissors. His wife, Shiv Kanwar, was in the tailoring business,” Kailash Dan, station house officer at Maha Mandir police station, told the Indian Express at the time.

Police said that the couple had several fights since the husband lost his job. On the day of the attack, the two had a heated argument, and the accused killed his wife in a fit of rage. 

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