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Maruti-Manesar saga: 13 former workers sentenced for life

Four others get 5 years, 14 let off in case which claimed an executive's life, left several injured

Ajay Modi  |  New Delhi 

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Thirteen former workers of the country’s biggest car maker, Maruti Suzuki, have been sentenced to for violence at the company’s plant in July 2012 that claimed the life of a company executive and left several injured. Four other former workers have been sentenced to a five-year jail term by a sessions court in Gurgaon. 

The prosecution had sought capital punishment for the accused. 

The court had convicted 31 former workers of on March 10, while acquitting 117 others due to lack of evidence. The sentence was pronounced on Saturday. 

Of the 31 convicted, the sentence served by 14 undertrials was found to be sufficient by the court and no punishment was pronounced for them. They will be released with a fine. Lawyers defending these workers said they would challenge the order in the High Court of Punjab and Haryana. The sentence was delivered in the presence of hundreds of policemen deployed in riot gear in court. Security arrangements have also been beefed up at offices and plants of  

In the worst outbreak of labour unrest at Maruti Suzuki, violence erupted at its plant over disciplinary action against an employee in July 2012. Agitated workers had torched a part of the factory, setting senior human resource manager on fire. 

Maruti

 

They also bludgeoned 100 other executives. A total of 94 plant supervisors and managers and nine policemen were injured. 

In all, 148 workers were arrested and charged with the murder of Dev and for inflicting violence. 

The plant had to be shut for more than two months after the incident. The events brought Maruti Suzuki’s market share down to 39 per cent in 2012-13, from 45 per cent in 2010-11. 

Kuldeep Jhangu, general secretary at Maruti Udyog Kamgar Union, called the evidence that led to Saturday’s sentence false, and said all workers would stay away from work from 9 pm to 10 pm on Saturday as a mark of peaceful protest. 

“Today, the conspiracy by the administration and its false witnesses led to of our 13 workers and a five-year sentence for four. Being extremely angry and disturbed with this decision, the Mazdoor Sangh has decided to shut all operations from 9 pm to 10 pm tonight, March 18. All work would remain suspended,” a statement from the workers’ association said.

A spokesperson said production at the company’s two plants in Haryana, and Gurgaon, was normal on Saturday. The plant, the biggest car plant in the country, has a capacity to manufacture 800,000 vehicles a year. The Gurgaon plant has a capacity of 700,000 vehicles. 


With inputs from Arindam Majumder

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Maruti-Manesar saga: 13 former workers sentenced for life

Four others get 5 years, 14 let off in case which claimed an executive's life, left several injured

Four others get 5 years, 14 let off in case which claimed an executive's life, left several injured
Thirteen former workers of the country’s biggest car maker, Maruti Suzuki, have been sentenced to for violence at the company’s plant in July 2012 that claimed the life of a company executive and left several injured. Four other former workers have been sentenced to a five-year jail term by a sessions court in Gurgaon. 

The prosecution had sought capital punishment for the accused. 

The court had convicted 31 former workers of on March 10, while acquitting 117 others due to lack of evidence. The sentence was pronounced on Saturday. 

Of the 31 convicted, the sentence served by 14 undertrials was found to be sufficient by the court and no punishment was pronounced for them. They will be released with a fine. Lawyers defending these workers said they would challenge the order in the High Court of Punjab and Haryana. The sentence was delivered in the presence of hundreds of policemen deployed in riot gear in court. Security arrangements have also been beefed up at offices and plants of  

In the worst outbreak of labour unrest at Maruti Suzuki, violence erupted at its plant over disciplinary action against an employee in July 2012. Agitated workers had torched a part of the factory, setting senior human resource manager on fire. 

Maruti

 

They also bludgeoned 100 other executives. A total of 94 plant supervisors and managers and nine policemen were injured. 

In all, 148 workers were arrested and charged with the murder of Dev and for inflicting violence. 

The plant had to be shut for more than two months after the incident. The events brought Maruti Suzuki’s market share down to 39 per cent in 2012-13, from 45 per cent in 2010-11. 

Kuldeep Jhangu, general secretary at Maruti Udyog Kamgar Union, called the evidence that led to Saturday’s sentence false, and said all workers would stay away from work from 9 pm to 10 pm on Saturday as a mark of peaceful protest. 

“Today, the conspiracy by the administration and its false witnesses led to of our 13 workers and a five-year sentence for four. Being extremely angry and disturbed with this decision, the Mazdoor Sangh has decided to shut all operations from 9 pm to 10 pm tonight, March 18. All work would remain suspended,” a statement from the workers’ association said.

A spokesperson said production at the company’s two plants in Haryana, and Gurgaon, was normal on Saturday. The plant, the biggest car plant in the country, has a capacity to manufacture 800,000 vehicles a year. The Gurgaon plant has a capacity of 700,000 vehicles. 


With inputs from Arindam Majumder

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Maruti-Manesar saga: 13 former workers sentenced for life

Four others get 5 years, 14 let off in case which claimed an executive's life, left several injured

Thirteen former workers of the country’s biggest car maker, Maruti Suzuki, have been sentenced to for violence at the company’s plant in July 2012 that claimed the life of a company executive and left several injured. Four other former workers have been sentenced to a five-year jail term by a sessions court in Gurgaon. 

The prosecution had sought capital punishment for the accused. 

The court had convicted 31 former workers of on March 10, while acquitting 117 others due to lack of evidence. The sentence was pronounced on Saturday. 

Of the 31 convicted, the sentence served by 14 undertrials was found to be sufficient by the court and no punishment was pronounced for them. They will be released with a fine. Lawyers defending these workers said they would challenge the order in the High Court of Punjab and Haryana. The sentence was delivered in the presence of hundreds of policemen deployed in riot gear in court. Security arrangements have also been beefed up at offices and plants of  

In the worst outbreak of labour unrest at Maruti Suzuki, violence erupted at its plant over disciplinary action against an employee in July 2012. Agitated workers had torched a part of the factory, setting senior human resource manager on fire. 

Maruti

 

They also bludgeoned 100 other executives. A total of 94 plant supervisors and managers and nine policemen were injured. 

In all, 148 workers were arrested and charged with the murder of Dev and for inflicting violence. 

The plant had to be shut for more than two months after the incident. The events brought Maruti Suzuki’s market share down to 39 per cent in 2012-13, from 45 per cent in 2010-11. 

Kuldeep Jhangu, general secretary at Maruti Udyog Kamgar Union, called the evidence that led to Saturday’s sentence false, and said all workers would stay away from work from 9 pm to 10 pm on Saturday as a mark of peaceful protest. 

“Today, the conspiracy by the administration and its false witnesses led to of our 13 workers and a five-year sentence for four. Being extremely angry and disturbed with this decision, the Mazdoor Sangh has decided to shut all operations from 9 pm to 10 pm tonight, March 18. All work would remain suspended,” a statement from the workers’ association said.

A spokesperson said production at the company’s two plants in Haryana, and Gurgaon, was normal on Saturday. The plant, the biggest car plant in the country, has a capacity to manufacture 800,000 vehicles a year. The Gurgaon plant has a capacity of 700,000 vehicles. 


With inputs from Arindam Majumder

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