POLICE in northeast India say they believe workers on a tea plantation who bludgeoned their boss and his wife to death last month also ate parts of their bodies.
“Our investigations say that at least five plantation workers ate the flesh of the tea planter and his wife after they were brutally killed,” 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 1000 present there at the spot,” the police official said. “We have identified all the masterminds and nine are in our custody so far.”
Mr Mahatao said the reports of cannibalism were based on a confession from one of the workers present during the attack.
The Indian Express newspaper said the violence was sparked by orders from the boss for 10 estate workers to vacate their quarters and by the detention of three employees by police over unspecified disputes.
There is no further discussion of the cannibal claims. It’s not clear why they would have done that. Ritual?