Cops suspect cannibalism in Assam tea grower's murder

Last Updated: Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:40 hrs

Guwahati, Dec 31 (IANS) An Assam tea estate's labourers who killed their employer owner and his wife last week ate the victims' flesh after the crime, police said Monday.

Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) S.N. Singh said the statements of two witnesses of the Dec 26 incident mentioned facts hinting towards cannibalism.

The killings occurred at the M.K.B. Tea Estate in Tinsukia district, about 500 km from Assam's main city Guwahati. One person has been arrested.

The labourers, numbering over 1,000, marched up to the bungalow of the tea estate owner Mridul Bhattacharya and his wife Rita and set it on fire in protest against the arrest of two employees by police and non-payment of salaries, police said.

"We have recorded the statements of two witnesses and both mentioned that some of the labourers who had attacked the bungalow of the Bhattacharyas had eaten their flesh after the crime," said Singh.

Police said that they had so far identified 14 accused, mainly labourers of the tea estate and some neighbouring tea gardens, for their involvement in the crime.

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