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Maruti violence: Hooda assures strict action

Last Updated: Saturday, July 21, 2012 - 12:59

Chandigarh: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has assured strict action against those found guilty in the violence that erupted at Maruti`s Manesar plant in Haryana.

"Let the probe and inquiries get over, the SIT (Special Investigation Team) has taken up the investigation; whoever is found guilty will be dealt with strictly," Hooda told the media here.

Hooda said it was unfortunate that violence had occurred in the Manesar plant.

"Investigations are on and law will take its own course," he added.

A senior management official was killed in the violence that erupted in Maruti`s Manesar plant on Wednesday. Nearly 100 arrests were carried out in the wake of the incident.

The management alleges that some senior officials of the company were severely beaten up by the workers. The workers, however, have contested that claim, alleging that a supervisor made a casteist remark against a Dalit worker.

An altercation between a supervisor and a worker is said to have triggered the incident.

The worker reportedly slapped his senior and was suspended, following which the workers resorted to violence and arson.

Five portions of the plant including the security room and a control room were set afire. The workers destroyed some of the CCTV monitors in the control room. The workers also destroyed documents from the HR department.

Maruti, in a statement, has accused the workers for starting the fire, and injuring at least 40 executives and managers. The statement has alleged that the union had tried to prevent the management from taking disciplinary action against the worker who slapped his senior, and that they had held the executives hostage in the factory.

Maruti Suzuki Workers` Union (MSWU) general secretary Sarabjeet Singh has claimed that when workers protested against the supervisor`s alleged remarks, management officials misbehaved with them and suspended the worker in question.

Last year, Maruti Suzuki had witnessed three separate instances of labour unrest at the same plant, which mainly produces the Swift, causing a total production loss of about 83,000 units.


First Published: Saturday, July 21, 2012 - 12:59
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