Tea factory workers burn owner and his wife to death after not being paid

Tea farm illustration 
By: Sanvi Rizvi 

Several people were arrested after police said that workers burned an owner of a factory along with his wife for not paying their employees’ bonuses, according to police reports.

The owner and manager of the tea plantation and his wife were burned to death by workers in Bordumsa, located in the Tinsukia district of India, on Wednesday.

The bodies were burned beyond recognition. Additional SP of Tinsukia, Angarag Basumatary, said: "Two burned bodies were recovered from the site that we think is the owner and his wife. We are trying to verify their identity. Two vehicles belonging to Mridul Kumar Bhattacharya, the owner of the tea garden, were also torched by the workers."

Police said Bhattacharya, the owner of MKB tea plantation and his wife Rita, were inside their bungalow when an angry crowd of some 200 workers set it on fire. The incident was a result of a conflict between workers and management.

The workers said that they were not given their dues before the holidays. Workers also burned some houses that are connected to the bungalow owner.

Police have so far arrested two people, and they said that they expect more arrests shortly.