The country’s automobile industry, which is struggling with an economic slowdown, is now staring at an even more dire situation: an existential dilemma.
The Domestic industry body Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) on Wednesday said it will seek the Centre’s action to ensure a free and fair probe into the violence at carmaker Maruti’s two factories at Manesar last week.
It also stressed the need to fast track the investigations.
The agenda of SIAM’s executive committee on Wednesday was overshadowed by Maruti.
“We will write to relevant ministries like heavy industries and labour and impress upon them the need to bring the culprits to book,” said a senior official. “If such incidents recur then India’s image as an investment-friendly country would suffer irreparable damage.”
A mob of 600 workers went on rampage at Maruti's two factories at Manesar last Wednesday. One official was killed and at least 100 more injured. So far 97 workers have been arrested, but almost all the members of the union, believed to be the main conspirators, are at large.
Haryana industries minister Randeep Singh Surjewala said the government would ensure deterrant punishment for the guilty, and the probe would be completed within a fortnight.