GUWAHATI - A 35-year woman who apparently kissed Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi during a public interaction as part of his recent trip to Assam was allegedly burnt to death by her husband following a quarrel over the incident. The woman belonged to a panchayat under Titabor Assembly constituency represented by none other than Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.
However, the police only confirmed that the woman had attended Rahul Gandhi’s interactive session on women’s empowerment a day before she was killed. Bonti Chutia, a panchayat ward member from the Congress party under Titabor sub-division in Jorhat district, sustained severe burn injuries on Feb. 26 leading to her death in the Assam Medical College Hospital in Dibrugarh a day later. Local reports said she had picked up a fight with her husband Someswar Chutia over the reported kissing of Rahul Gandhi, after which he allegedly set her up on fire by pouring kerosene. “The woman died due to severe burn injuries. But we do not have any report about whether her husband had set her afire. There are no complaints to this effect either. Moreover, we have checked the video of Rahul Gandhi’s interactive session and found that she was nowhere close to him throughout the function,” Kulendra Deka, sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) of Titabor said.