Police today arrested 100 workers of the Maruti Suzuki’s plant in Manesar in connection with the yesterday’s violence in which a senior company official was killed and 50 others were injured.
The charred body of the official, who was caught in the violence triggered by a scuffle over suspension of an employee after a heated exchange of words, was today identified as that of Awanish Kumar Dev, General Manager, HR, at the plant.
In Chandigarh, Haryana Industry Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala said that nearly 100 people had been arrested so far. “They have been arrested for various charges including murder, attempt to murder and destruction of property,” the minister said.
Haryana Chief Secretary P K Chaudhery said that taking a serious view of the incident of violence at Maruti’s Manesar plant, the State Government has formed a SIT under Assistant Commissioner of Police, Gurgaon, Ravinder Tomar, to investigate the matter.
He gave an assurance that no one would be spared for taking law into his hands and resorting to violence.
In order to maintain law and order at the plant, 1,200 policemen have been deployed in and around the area, DCP Maheshwar Dayal said.
Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) said the Manesar plant has been shut down and no production would take place. The plant has an annual capacity of 5.5 lakh units and rolls out Swift, Dzire, SX4 and A-Star models.
Yesterday the company had said violence broke out in the evening when a worker beat up a supervisor on the shop floor. However, the employees union said “objectionable remarks” by the supervisor against an employee triggered the violence.
Thwe workers said they would not be going for work till the government intervened and all the culprits were arrested.