Indian tea plantation workers burn boss to death: Report

The burnt out wreckage of a vehicle sits in front of a charred house at Bordumsa on the border of...

The burnt out wreckage of a vehicle sits in front of a charred house at Bordumsa on the border of the north-eastern Indian states of Assam-Arunachal Pradesh in Assam's Tinsukia district, some 500kms east of Guwahati on December 27, 2012. Tea plantation workers torched the home of their boss, killing both him and his wife, following a labour dispute in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, officials said. (AFP PHOTO/STR)

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Hundreds of tea plantation workers in India allegedly set their boss's home on fire, burning him and his wife to death, the BBC reports.

The workers surrounded the bungalow in Kunapathar in Assam state on Wednesday night after a two-week-long dispute, lit it aflame and torched the manager's two vehicles, the report says.

Officials later found the burnt remains of Mridul Kumar Bhattacharyya and his wife, Rita, in the rubble.

Police have detained three of the roughly 700 workers who had gathered outside Bhattacharyya's home.

Bhattacharyya had reportedly been trying to force workers to leave their accommodations.

The fatal fire marked the second time he faced the wrath of angry tea workers. Two years ago, workers set fire to a tea factory at another plantation he owned.

More than half of India's tea output comes from 800 estates in Assam.


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