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Owner of tea plantation burnt alive by workers

An Indian tea plantation owner and his wife were burnt alive after their bungalow was attacked by up to 1,000 workers following a labour dispute.

The mob, dominated by women and children, later told police their employers deserved to die. The charred bodies of the owner, Mridul Kumar Bhattacharyya, and his wife Rita were found on Wednesday.

Workers outside the estate told police they had killed the owners because they had suffered abuse at their hands.

"We all came and attacked the bungalow and set it on fire. They deserved to be killed as he has exploited us for a long time and tortured us for petty things," a female worker said. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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