Nine days after riots at its two factories in Manesar that led to a subsequent lock out, Maruti Suzuki has has started repair work at various sections of the factories, including the control rooms, offices, fire and security chambers, which were completely damaged.
The production facilities were largely untouched during the violence.
The company said it is assessing the extent of the damage to the facilities, and maintained that it would not restart operations so long as investigations are on.
“We remain concerned about the safety of our people,” the company said in a statement on Friday.
“The culprits responsible for the carnage and arson continue to be at large. Considering the threat perception due to the overall law and order situation in the region, it is difficult to ascertain when we would be able to start the Manesar plant. We will announce a decision to this effect only when we are assured of employee safety.”
Around 600 workers of the factories went on a rampage last Wednesday, killing a senior HR executive at the plant and injuring 100 others.
The Haryana government has set up a special investigative team to look into the case, and also appointed eminent lawyer KTS Tulsi as the public prosecutor.
The police has so far arrested 97 people, but the main suspects are yet to be traced.