Haryana Court today has sentenced 13 accused for the 2012 Maruti factory violence case for a lifetime imprisonment. The court has also pronounced a 5 year jail term for 4 other accused in the case and said sentence served by other 14 sufficient. The quantum of punishment came following a case of violence and rioting at Maruti Suzuki India Ltd’s (MSIL) Manesar plant in 2012, in which a senior officer was burnt alive.
As per news agencies, R P Goyal who is the judge of court of additional districts and sessions on Saturday reserved orders following the argument of the prosecution and defence over the quantum of sentence. The prosecution lawyer Anurag Hooda demanded death penalties for the 13 Maruti employees who were involved in the murder. The court, on March 10, had convicted 31 employees of MSIL, including 13 of murder, in connection with the case. The judge had acquitted 117 of the 148 employees named in the charge sheet in the case for want of evidence.
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Following the decision, a large unit of policemen in riot gear have been deployed outside the court and the automobile maker’s offices over threats by workers to mobilise large-scale protests if their colleagues did not get justice. The administration has imposed prohibitory orders under section 144 of CrPC in the district till March 25. In August 2012, a violence had erupted at the Maruti facility over disciplinary action against an employee during which agitated workers had gone on the rampage, damaging a part of the factory, setting the senior human resource manager Awanish Kumar Dev on fire, and beating up and bludgeoning with rods. Those injured in the violence were some foreigners and policemen.