Thane: A 26-year-old village housewife was brutally killed by her husband in Kalyan taluka here after he suspected her of having an illicit affair, police said today.

API SC Nagre of Kalyan taluka police station told PTI that the murder took place last night after the young couple, who were living separately for the last six months, entered into an altercation.

Last night, accused Nitin J Owhal reached victim Jyotsana's house in village Galegaon and allegedly attacked her with sharp weapons after a quarrel leaving her dead on the spot, police said. Owhal fled the spot immediately after the incident. Police has launched a manhunt for him.

Also, offence under sections 302 of the IPC had been registered against the accused and the body has been sent for postmortem.