One person was killed in a confrontation between employees and agents of the court-appointed administrators of a bankrupt sugar refinery in northern Peru, President Ollanta Humala said Monday.

More than 300 workers have been occupying the premises of the AgroPucala cooperative since late last week.

Violence erupted Sunday night when people acting on behalf of the administrators named by a court in the Lambayeque region tried to dislodge the workers, police said.

A 24-year-old man, apparently one of the intruders, was found fatally shot after the clash, regional police chief Jorge Linares told state-run news agency Andina.

"It is a confrontation within the civilian population, egged on by economic interests," Humala said in Lima during a session with reporters.

The central government will dispatch extra police to Lambayeque "with the aim that we avert more deaths," the president said.

One of Peru's two vice presidents, Omar Chehade, was involved two years ago in a similar situation involving another financially ailing sugar concern on the country's northern coast.

Named by a court to administer the Andahuasi refinery, Chehade was accused of organizing the forcible eviction of protesting employees.

The company was eventually turned over to the powerful Wong conglomerate.

Chehade, who ignored Humala's advice to step aside in the Andahuasi affair, was ultimately suspended from office for 120 days on the recommendation of Congress' Ethics Commission. EFE