Maruti Factory Violence Case: Haryana Court Convicts 31, Acquits 117

Mar 11, 2017, 00:44
Maruti Factory Violence Case: Haryana Court Convicts 31, Acquits 117

Five years after a violent workers protest broke out at auto marker Maruti Suzuki killing one human resources manager, a Gurgaon court has convicted 31 people and acquitted 117 in the case.

Avnish Dev, 51, General Manager, Human Resources of the company was burnt alive and almost 100 others injured on the evening of July 18, 2012 when agitating workers went on a rampage, attacking officials and torching the office.

The plant is now functioning with new staff.

Workers unions' leaders and others who participated in the meeting included those working in Maruti Suzuki's plants in Gurugram, Manesar as well as other plants in Kherki Daula.

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Two Japanese nationals were among more than 80 people who were injured.

"We will decide our next course of action following the court verdict". The police took 22 accused into custody after the verdict was announced in the court of additional district and sessions judge R.P. Goyal on Friday amid heavy police presence. He was identified from a tooth implant.

The Maruti Suzuki factory violence was seen as damaging for India's appeal to investors. The court let off 117 people in the similar case. They were also demanding union rights. The prosecution said that the employee had slapped the superior.

"The judgment vindicates our stand that a very large number of workers were falsely implicated to prejudice the public opinion and project an exaggerated and alarming version of the incident. The judgment proves that they are being targeted and stand a good chance in High Court", she said. The charges in the case included attempt to murder, assault, trespass, unlawful assembly and rioting with weapons. The workers resorted to violence and set ablaze portions of the Maruti Udyog factory situated in IMT Manesar.