trade unions, which demanded reinstatement of the sacked workers as the police charge-sheeted only 145 people.
However, the MSI management stood by its decision.
The cause of the violence remained unclear with the police's final report saying that it was a result of internal issues contradicted with that of the management's claim that
external elements were responsible for the incident.
MSI Chairman R C Bhargava, who even went to the extent that it was a pre-planed conspiracy by extreme left wing activists, reluctantly accepted the police report saying "Everybody has its own conclusion... It is something like an unknown disease by an unknown virus".
MSI rival and the country's second largest car maker Hyundai Motor India also had its share of labour issues at its Chennai plant.
A section of employees under the banner of Hyundai Motor India Employees Union, affiliated to CITU, struck work for 10 days since October 30 pressing for various demands, including reinstatement of dismissed employees.
The strike was called off after a tri-partite meeting between the employees' union, management and the Labour Commissioner at Sriperumbudur. The company agreed to revoke the suspension of the 20 suspended workers, except 5 workers against whom a "domestic enquiry will be initiated".
Besides labour issues, recalls too hit the Indian auto industry. The year saw one of biggest ever such exercises in the country with Ford India recalling over 1.28 lakh units of its best selling Figo and Classic cars to rectify problems related to steering and rear suspension.
Japanese auto giant Toyota also announced to recall 8,700 units of its premium sedan Corolla Altis and Camry in India to rectify faulty power window switches as part of a global drill. Compatriot Honda too recalled 11,500 units of Standard variant of its premium motorcycle CBR 250R, which were produced and sold in India, due to defective brake system.
Following some major recalls by auto makers in India in recent years and absence of any government policy on this, SIAM announced a voluntary vehicle recall policy, which recommended government to take action if any of its members failed to announce recall