Following almost 5 years of legal proceedings, a Haryana court on Friday convicted 31 people in the 2012 Maruti Suzuki factory violence case.
Following almost 5 years of legal proceedings, a Haryana court on Friday convicted 31 people in the 2012 Maruti Suzuki factory violence case. The court also acquitted 117 people in the violent case. The accused had been charged with conspiracy to commit murder, arson and rioting. According to IE, the district of Gurgaon had been put on high-security alert before the hearing of the verdict. It was further reported that while 9 of the accused workers of the factory were still serving jail time as 139 were out on bail. The incident had taken place after an argument between the workers and the management on July 18, 2012.
The matter had taken a serious turn when the workers had set one of the floors on fire. Awanish Kumar Dev, the HR General Manager had been killed in the incident while many others had been severely injured. The police had then booked 147 workers after the fire had caused serious damage to the Maruti Suzuki plant. Although most of them had gotten out on bail, while 11 on them stayed behind the bars. Following the fire, the management of Maruti had fired 550 permanent and over 1,800 workers.
Meanwhile, the worker unions have planned to meet on March 10 and go on a protest if the decision was not made in their favour. Speaking to HT, Parveen Yadav, President of the Gurgaon Udyog Association said that justice must prevail in the case. He added that it was important to understand that worker-management relationship only improved if there was a regular interaction between both the parties.