Workers set boss, wife on fire

2012-12-27 14:49

Gauhati - Hundreds of tea estate workers surrounded the plantation owner's home in India's northeastern state of Assam and set it on fire over a labour dispute, killing him and his wife, police said on Thursday.

Police recovered the charred bodies of the couple, Mridul Kumar Bhattacharyya and his wife, Rita, from the burned remains of their house in Tinsukhia district, police Superintendent PP Singh said.

The plantation had been rocked by labour trouble over the past few weeks and some workers had been suspended two weeks ago.

On Wednesday, around 700 workers armed with bows and poison-tipped arrows surrounded the house and set it on fire, trapping the couple. The house had burned down by the time police reached the remote region in Tinsukhia.

Police are investigating but no arrests have been made, Singh said.

The estate is about 700km northeast of Assam's capital, Gauhati.

More than half of India's tea production comes from around 1 000 tea estates across Assam. Tea plantations, also known as 'gardens', employ thousands of women, especially for plucking the leaves from tea bushes.

  • delish7564 - 2012-12-27 15:05

    So, what are they going to do for jobs now? This solves absolutely nothing!!

      sheamus.drager - 2012-12-27 15:38

      Because News24 only gives you half the story!

      sizwe.beyi - 2012-12-27 16:01

      Surely there has to be a heavy punishment against those who take people's lives in this manner though there's institutions to champion their grievances,this is sick damn.

  • mondli.botha.9 - 2012-12-27 15:07

    Western Cape farmers should take a lesson from India!

      avremel.niselow - 2012-12-27 15:22

      So you approve of this?

      fidelity.mcoshi - 2012-12-27 16:44

      I haven't read anything in Mondli's post that suggests his approval for this behaviour!

      marc.schnehage - 2012-12-27 17:11

      @fidelity: then you are typically unable to think 3-dimentionally, because the implication in mondli's comment is so clear that even a herdboy with a std 3 bantu education would see it! - 2012-12-28 09:15

      @mondli, Gladlad, Fidelity, tankiso, you are the perfect example of backwards thinking and no education. you are sad little people, you have my pity!!

      UncleShep - 2012-12-28 09:21

      Ah Ryan......seriously

      talana.malherbe - 2013-01-02 11:51

      Seriously???? Do you see nothing wrong with one person setting another on fire??? You need help my friend!

      amanda.strydom.5 - 2013-01-14 10:39

      Pak op jou goed en gaan bly in Indie asseblief. Pak sommer vandag. Hensoppers soos jy hoort daar of in Zimbabwe.Jou siek mens!!

  • bailelwangm - 2012-12-27 15:12

    I think human rights education should be taught to people who butcher others. The reason why we hav law enforcers is to make sure that they instill discipline and protect us and not for people to take the law unto themselves. Let us stop killing others coz if they are guilty the courts of laws will take action against them

      sarel.brits - 2012-12-27 19:38

      People who butcher others should hanged. An eye for an eye is the best teacher of human rights

      sarel.brits - 2012-12-27 19:39

      People who butcher others should hanged. An eye for an eye is the best teacher of human rights

  • mynhardt.johan - 2012-12-27 15:17

    what lesson? It's very short-sighted to see something like that as a lesson. They achieved nothing else than proving to be slaughtering criminals. They probably had reason, but the way they handled it was dumb.

  • fidelity.mcoshi - 2012-12-27 16:42

    Inherent in the system of capitalism is "animalism", aka, exploitation and as such those that exploit and dehumanise their workers shouldn't feel suprised when the exploited act in this inhuman way!

  • aomtshiselwa - 2012-12-27 17:56

    The World is Sick and Cruel

      bev.armstrong.372 - 2012-12-27 18:20

      The world if fine it is the stupid people who live on it who are cruel and sick.

  • scholesss - 2012-12-27 18:53

    too bad, but i think the boss treated the workers badly too.

      avremel.niselow - 2012-12-27 19:12

      Where in the article does it say anything about the ill treatment of the workers? Stop blaming the victims!

      scholesss - 2012-12-27 23:05

      it might not have been wrtten. but i dont think workers...could turn against the boss for no reason

  • annie.israel.50 - 2012-12-28 14:43

    OMG this is a horrific way to die - these people that did it should be send to jail for life PLEASE NO DEATH SENTENCE - they should suffer all their miserable life's -THEY ARE SICK!! beyond help!!

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