A man in India was arrested after he strangled his wife to death allegedly over delay in serving food. The incident was reported in Noida, a city in the central Indian state of Uttar Pradesh where the accused, identified as 35-year-old Sonu Kumar murdered 33-year-old Sharda Devi following an argument Monday.

The accused worked as a security guard at a private firm in the city and often came home drunk, according to the cops. "Sonu used to drink heavily due to which he had frequent quarrels with his wife. On Monday evening, he returned home and asked his wife for food. She was busy with some work and could not serve food. The suspect got angry and he allegedly pulled the two ends of the shawl, which was around the woman’s neck, and strangled her," a police officer told local daily The Hindustan Times.

Neighbors heard the woman’s screams and rushed to her home. However, Kumar had fled by then. They immediately alerted the cops who arrived at the scene and rushed the woman to a local hospital, but she was pronounced dead on arrival.

"People in the neighbourhood heard the cries and reached the spot Sonu had fled away. They informed the police and a team reached the spot. The woman was rushed to the hospital where she was declared brought dead," another officer told The Times of India.

The victim’s brother, 25-year-old Sunil Kumar, filed a complaint regarding the murder. In the complaint, he said that the accused beat his sister on several occasions. Cops launched a search for the suspect, managed to track him down and arrested him at a nearby subway station.

"The suspect fled the spot after committing the crime. On Monday night, police received information about his movement. A police team reached the spot and arrested him," a police officer said.

Kumar was produced in court Tuesday and remanded to judicial custody.

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