Gurgaon police investigations do not show riots at Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar plant were planned, according to K K Sindhu, police commissioner. He said that the police has formed a lot of teams for investigation and arrested the main accused organizing secretary.
Additional labour commissioner of Haryana Naresh Nawal also said that agreements between workers and the Maruti management signed in October 2011 were fully implemented. “Workers were satisfied. It was never an issue. It was a suspension matter which they were negotiating,” Nawal added.
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1. Gurgaon police investigations do not show riots at Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar plant were planned, according to K K Sindhu, police commissioner. He said that the police has formed a lot of teams for investigation and arrested the main accused organizing secretary. Sindhu said that talks between the management and workers broke down and a mob of around 3000 to 4,000 workers attacked with rods. “Teams have been sent to different states to round up those who have fled,” he added. He said that around 7 pm on 18 June 2012, the management called Gurgaon’s deputy commissioner of Police. “Around 7 pm the management called the DCP saying that everything is okay, if need be we'll call you. Just after that this happened,” Sindhu said. He said that the police took action to bring the situation under control.
2. Additional labour commissioner of Haryana Naresh Nawal said that agreements between workers and the Maruti management signed in October 2011 were fully implemented. “Workers were satisfied. It was never an issue. It was a suspension matter which they were negotiating,” Nawal added. Nawal said that a labour officer was present. “It was not preplanned or anything. It was only an issue suspension. Workers wanted it revoked that very day while the management asked them to wait for supervisor,” Nawal said.
3. Days after the deadly riot at Maruti’s plant in Manesar, an eyewitness describes what he saw. “I hear them shout pick up your weapons, do what you have to,” he told NDTV on the condition of anonymity. (Watch video here)
4. The government will set up a special investigative team to look into the violence last week at Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar plant, and has appointed KTS Tulsi as a special prosecutor for the case. “It was a criminal act in all respects,” Hooda said after the meeting. This was the first formal interaction between the government and the company after the violence forced Maruti to shut down the plant.
5. A mahapanchayat of villages around the Maruti plant in Manesar has voiced support for the company and asked it not to relocate. Village elders have asked Maruti to begin production again at the plant, which has been locked-out since the riots of July 18.
6. Central intelligence agencies and the Haryana police have said they have not found any evidence so far to link the violence at the Manesar factory to any Maoist organisation. There have been apprehensions about Maoists making inroads into urban areas and especially in trade unions.
7. Six more workers were arrested on Sunday for their alleged involvement in the arson and rioting at the plant on July 18, taking the number of those detained to 97. They will be produced in a court today.
8. A senior manager was killed in last week's deadly riot. Many other senior officials were severely beaten up, allegedly by angry workers; 24 senior managers are still in hospital with injuries, mainly fractures of their arms and legs, of the 96 initially admitted after the riot. No workers were injured during the violence, Maruti executives said. The lockout is costing the company nearly Rs 80 crore a day. The Manesar factory’s total annual capacity of 550,000 cars produces a third of Maruti's output.
9. Maruti officials have denied reports that the company is likely to close the Manesar plant, where the company builds its best-selling Swift hatchback - the runaway leader in its segment. Chairman Bhargava has said the company will not be able to offset some of the lost production with imports or by increasing productivity at its other factory. He addressed a press conference in connection with Wednesday's violence at the company's Manesar plant. He said that they cannot further risk the life safety of management but they will also not move out of Manesar.
10. Suzuki executives say they are keen to establish Gujarat as their exports hub by 2015. In June 2012, the Gujarat government had allocated around 700 acres for Maruti's proposed plant near Mehsana. Maruti had said it would invest Rs. 4,000 crore to set up the new manufacturing facility in Gujarat by 2015.