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Communist leaders guilty

Published:Tuesday | November 11, 2008 | 12:03 PM

A court in the Indian state of West Bengal has found two Communist leaders guilty of murdering a woman who opposed a Tata Motors car plant near Calcutta.



Suhrid Dutta and Debu Mallick were convicted of murdering 18 year old Tapasi Mallick almost two years ago.



The woman’s charred remains were recovered from a paddy field in Singur on December 18, 2006.



She was reportedly in the forefront of peasant protests against the acquisition of farmland to be used for the Tata Motors car factory at Singur.



Tata, one of India\'s leading industrial groups, had planned to make what it said would be the world\'s cheapest car, the Nano, at the factory.



However months of protests over the factory led to Tata moving production elsewhere.



The men are due to be sentenced tomorrow.



Lawyers say Dutta and Mallick could face the death sentence or at least life.