Cannibalism suspected in India tea plantation murders
GUWAHATI (AFP) - Police in northeast India said on Tuesday they believed workers on a tea plantation who bludgeoned their boss and his wife to death last month also ate parts of their bodies.
A crowd of 1,000 workers at the privately-owned M.K.B. Tea Estate in the state of Assam surrounded the plantation owner's bungalow last week. A mob then set it on fire in violence blamed on festering labour unrest in the region.
"Our investigations say that at least five plantation workers ate the flesh of the tea planter and his wife after they were brutally killed," Mr Numol Mahatao, deputy police chief of Tinsukia district, told journalists.
"We suspect that about 15 people were actually involved in the crime although there were some 1,000 present there at the spot," the police official said. "We have identified all the masterminds and nine are in our custody so far."