GUWAHATI, Dec 27 � The owner of the MKB Tea estate, Mridul Kumar Bhattacharya and his wife Rita Bhattacharya were attacked by a section of irate labourers before they were put in the bunglow which was set on fire. Only 12 pieces of bones of Bhattacharya were found on the spot.
The Inspector General of Police (Law and Order), SN Singh, who visited the garden to take stock of the situation today, said that the way Bhattacharya�s body was charred, it was evident that he was attacked and the body was set on fire. �The police could find only 12 pieces of his bones, which, according to doctors, was very unusual in case of death due to burn injury,� he added.
The doctors, who carried out the post mortem examinations, found a serious injury in the back of the skull of Rita Bhattacharya, which proved that she was also attacked by the miscreants before the bunglow was set on fire. According to the post mortem report, Rita Bhattacharya died of suffocation after the bunglow was set on fire.
Singh said that the situation is now under control and efforts are on to identify and nab the kingpins of the attack. He pointed out that at least five to seven hundred people gathered in the place at the time of the incident. �But our information is that around 10 to 12 people were the kingpins of the attack and the gruesome killing,� he added.
The IGP said that according to information that he managed to gather after his visit, trouble was brewing in the garden for quite some time as the workers had grievances against the management, while, the people of the locality also had their grievances as the garden management used to collect fines whenever any cattle or goat ventured into the garden area. He said that the garden management never sought the help of the police and only about a week back, the local circle inspector went on a routine visit but Bhattacharya refused to meet him.