Fired Workers Kill Boss in India

Workers, invited to negotiate, beat Indian chief of Italian manufacturing firm to death
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2008 4:17 PM CDT
Protesters in India.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – An angry mob of laid-off workers killed their former boss at an Italian manufacturing firm in India yesterday, the Independent reports. Lalit Kishore Choudhary, who oversaw Oerlikon Graziano’s auto-parts business in India, was bludgeoned to death with iron bars as he tried to negotiate with the disgruntled former employees. Apparently, a deal was in the works to bring some workers back.

The factory where the riot took place is just outside of Delhi; police there said 63 people were being charged with Choudhary’s murder. Some 240 employees were fired earlier this year; though some were taken back, others had been protesting outside the gates. The company had requested increased security from the state government.