Hundreds of tea estate workers surrounded the plantation owners home in India’s northeastern state of Assam and set it on fire over a labor dispute, killing him and his wife, police said on Thursday.
Police recovered the charred bodies of the couple, Mridul Kumar Bhattacharyya and his wife, Rita, from the burned remains of their house in Tinsukhia district, police Superintendent PP Singh said.
The plantation had been rocked by labor trouble over the past few weeks and some workers had been suspended two weeks ago.
On Wednesday, around 700 workers armed with bows and poison-tipped arrows surrounded the house and set it on fire, trapping the couple. The house had burned down by the time police reached the remote region in Tinsukhia.
I think it quite hilarious to see some folks call raising the tax rate on the wealthy by 4% “class warfare”. If there ain’t charred bodies, it ain’t warfare.