Tea estate owner, wife killed by workers in India

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Associated Press

Posted on December 27, 2012 at 3:02 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 27 at 3:34 AM

GAUHATI, India (AP) — A police official says hundreds of tea estate workers surrounded the plantation owner's home in India's northeastern state of Assam and set it on fire, killing him and his wife.

Police recovered the charred bodies of the couple from the burned remains of their house in remote Tinsukhia district, police Superintendent P.P. Singh said Thursday.

The plantation had been rocked by labor trouble over the past few months and some workers had been suspended a few weeks ago.

Around 700 workers armed with bows and arrows surrounded the house on Wednesday and set it on fire, trapping the owner and his wife. Police are investigating but no arrests have been made, Singh said.

More than half of India's tea production comes from some 1,000 tea estates across Assam.

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