Sacked Indian staff beat boss to death

A chief executive was beaten to death as he tried to pacify a group of workers sacked from his manufacturing plant. Lalit Kishore Choudhary, 47, bled to death inside the car parts factory yesterday after being attacked by more than 130 men.

Police have arrested 63 former employees of Graziano Transmissioni India in connection with his death. Another 73 are facing charges of disturbing the peace.

Babu Ram, the police superintendent for Greater Noida in the state of Uttar Pradesh, said the men had been called in to settle a dispute that led to the dismissal of more than 100 staff in recent months. The meeting turned sour and the unemployed men began vandalising the machinery, turning on Choudhary when he tried to reason with them.

Demonstrators blamed “outsiders” for the killing. “We were demonstrating peacefully to get our jobs back,” one of the workers, Rajpal, told the Hindustan Times newspaper. “Outsiders may have assaulted the CEO leading to his death. Firing by the guards agitated workers and they clashed with the staff,” he said.

Nothing insightful to say about this one. Unfortunately, really no informed statements, either.

The folks on strike tell a completely different story from the corporate executives – who, of course, weren’t on the scene at all.

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