Bongaigaon, May 18: A murder was averted recently at No 2 Chillapara of Srijangram area under Abhayapuri Police Station of Bongaigaon district. Manomoti Mondol had a narrow escape after her husband Kartik Chandra Mondol tried to kill her for dowry. Local people said, “Kartik used to torture his wife since the last three years for dowry. Last evening he planned to murder his wife by rubbing a leaf that produces itching sensation in the body, on her. He also kept a sharp weapon to kill her. Just as he started beating her, Manomoti shouted for help and the villagers gathered in the house. Kartik tried to escape but people nabbed him. He was then handed over to the police.” Local people demanded strict punishment for Kartik and also alleged that his mother also used to torture Manomoti. Police arrested Kartik and his mother and sent them to jail. “Kartik accepted that he had tried to kill his wife. Investigation is on,” said the officer in-charge of Abhayapuri Police Station.