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Sacked workers burn boss to death

Indian police have detained two people after an angry mob of sacked steel workers burned a senior executive to death.

After learning they were being laid off, about a dozen workers attacked a 4x4 vehicle carrying Radhey Shyam Roy as he was leaving the factory in eastern Orissa state on Thursday.

They doused it with petrol and set it ablaze, police Superintendent Ajay Kumar Sarangi said.

Two other people in the vehicle were allowed to flee but Mr Roy, 59, was trapped inside and died of severe burns, Mr Sarangi said.

Police were questioning two workers and their formal arrest on murder charges was likely, Mr Sarangi said.

Incidents of industrial violence are common in India, where workers often target executives in cases of wage disputes and job losses.

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