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Siliguri: A group of irate tea workers in north Bengal has killed a man and has torched some houses over the rumour that police have released two murder accused.

The incident has taken place today afternoon at Bataigol area under Matelli police station in Jalpaiguri district. With the situation being tense, additional police force has been sent to Mateli from Jalpaiguri police headquarters.

Trouble started over after the dead body of Rohit Nagasia, a worker of Soongachi tea estate Bataigol division, was found about 2-km away from his house yesterday.

His elder brother, Chandan Nagasia, alleged that Rohit has been murdered while he was returning from a gambling den the previous night. Chandan lodged an FIR naming a few youths from a neighbourhood.

Acting on this, police today morning detained two suspects Tandru Mahali and Rohan Mahali. But as the day progressed, a rumour spread that police have released both of them.

Peeved over this, a few hundred fellow tea workers and neighbours of deceased Rohit took to the street and torched the houses of the accused in the afternoon.

Most occupants of the houses managed to flee in time but a relative named Ravi Mahali landed up in the hands of the violent workers. The irate group killed him by beating and striking with sharp weapons.

A police team from Matelli and fire-tenders from Malbazar rushed in and contained the violence after a prolonged effort. By then, at least three houses had been reduced into ashes.

Apprehensive of a further flare-up, a sizeable number of additional police force was sent from Jalpaiguri. A part of them are patrolling the troubled area and the rest are on standby at Matelli police station.

Jalpaiguri superintendent of police, Amitava Maity, denied that the two youths detained for Rohit Nagasia’s murder have been released.

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