Tea plantation workers in eastern India have killed the owner of the estate following months of unpaid wages.
Workers at the Sonali tea estate in West Bengal have dragged the owner out of negotiations, beating up and stabbing him to death. The owner had came to discuss the payment of arrears, as well as aiming to pacify angry workers – many of whom had not been paid for two or three months.
Many workers throughout India’s tea plantation industry are malnourished and poorly paid. As a result, several incidents on tea plantation owners have been reported in recent years. In 2012, a tea plantation owner and his wife were burned to death in their bungalow in the neighbouring state of Assam.