According to a police officer, the man had objected to his wife talking on the mobile phone, which triggered a verbal altercation.
The incident took place on February 7, when Nanke, 35, had an argument with his wife Pooja, the officer said. The incident occurred in Balrampur district, around 200 kilometres from state capital, Lucknow.
"Pooja was angry, as she was not allowed to speak. When Nanke went to sleep after having meal, Pooja sprinkled kerosene on him and burnt him alive," the police officer said.
The woman, meanwhile, fled the spot, police said.
Superintendent of Police Pramod Kumar said, "We have registered a case against the accused woman based on the complaint filed by the deceased's brother. Efforts are being made to trace the woman and arrest her," he said.