Maruti Suzuki India shut down its Manesar plant in Haryana indefinitely after its workers went on a rampage, killing one person, injuring 50 executives and setting more than 100 vehicles ablaze on Wednesday. The injured included some Japanese nationals.
The Haryana police found a dead body in the conference room of the plant but are yet to identify the person, who had excessive burns and was charred beyond recognition.
Though the cause of the violence is not known, workers alleged that a supervisor made casteist remarks against a Dalit worker and slapped him. The management then suspended the worker and this could have sparked the violence, sources said.
“The supervisor made castiest remarks against a permanent worker who belongs to the scheduled caste category. When we protested, the management misbehaved with us even more and suspended the worker,” Maruti Suzuki Workers' Union (MSWU) general secretary Sarabjeet Singh told PTI.
Police commissioner KK Sindhu told HT that the dead body was recovered from the place where the workers had burnt the structure. Raids were being conducted to arrest the workers, he added. The mob of workers attacked executives when negotiations were underway between the workers’ union and the management.
The Manesar factory produces 1,200 cars a day including the Swift, Dzire and SX4 sedans and witnessed three rounds of labour unrest last year.