Guwahati, Dec 27:
Workers at Tulapathar tea estate in Tinsukia district, 600 km east of here, on Wednesday burnt the managing director Mridul Kumar Bhattacharya to death, while they were violently protesting non-payent of salaries before Christmas, reports said.
Bhattacharya and his wife were staying in the house when the mob set fire to the house. Both the charred bodies are yet to be identified.
The mob set ablaze the official quarters of the garden's manager, a Gypsy and an Ambassador car, which belonged to the company management.
“The bodies have not been identified. Both the managing director and the garden manager’s quarters were torched by a violent mob comprising labourers.
"Two more persons residing in the quarters are missing after the incident. The situation in the area is tense. Security forces have already been rushed to the tea garden”, said SS Meenakshi Sundaram, deputy commissioner of Tinsukia district.
Sundaram said for the past two months, the workers had been protesting over non-payment of salaries by the management. On Wednesday, the garden authorities served quit notice to 10 workers.
In the first week of December, an FIR had been lodged against three labourers.
“Their arrest on a court warrant angered the workers more,” Sundaram added.