Cannibalism turn to tea garden violence

Last Updated: Tue, Jan 01, 2013 06:09 hrs

Guwahati: Some of the attackers, who burnt a tea-estate owner and his wife to death in upper Assam's Tinsukhiya district, ate the victims' flesh, reports quoting police said.

"Two witnesses have told us that a section of the assailants consumed flesh (of the victims) after perpetrating the attack," inspector general (law and order) SN Singh said, adding that all the accused would be arrested soon.

The owner of the Borduma Tea Estate, Mridul Kumar Bhattacharjee, had served eviction notices to two workers last Wednesday but they refused to leave. Consequently, he called the police, who arrested the duo.

When the news spread, a mob of around 700 gathered and set his house and two cars on fire.

The bodies of Bhattarcharjee and his wife Rita were later recovered from the debris.

On Thursday, Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi termed the incident as "unfortunate" and police arrested five people on the same day.

The police are also looking into the possible involvement of Maoists in the incident.

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