Slain manager's family rues delay in probe
Almost a month after senior HR executive Awanish Kumar Dev, 45, was killed by a mob of workers at Maruti Suzuki's Manesar plant, his family has expressed anguish at the slow pace of investigation. Sanjeev K Ahuja and Leena Dhankhar report.delhi Updated: Aug 15, 2012 23:18 IST
Almost a month after senior HR executive Awanish Kumar Dev, 45, was killed by a mob of workers at Maruti Suzuki's Manesar plant, his family has expressed anguish at the slow pace of investigation.
They alleged that the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Gurgaon Police has delayed the probe. Dev's wife, Suparna Prasad, said she was clueless about any developments in the investigation. Grief-stricken, she said Dev always had a pro-worker approach that cost him his life. "We want to know who did it and in what circumstances," she said with tears in her eyes.
Prasad has been working at the Ministry of Defence since 2006 and is yet to join work. Their son, who studies in Class 12, has, however, rejoined school.
"Awanish had called me up that evening to say he was leaving for home but he never came. Six days after the tragedy, joint commissioner of police (Gurgaon) Anil Rao visited our home and assured us of speedy investigation. But we are totally unaware of any developments in investigation," she added.
According to sources, Dev played an instrumental role in getting the Maruti Suzuki Workers' Union registered with the Haryana labour department and had personally gone to the office headquarters in Chandigarh to collect the registration certificate last year.
Rameshwar Sah, his 81-year old father, demanded an inquiry by an independent agency such as the CBI. Sah, a retired government official from Ranchi, and his wife have decided to stay back with their daughter-in-law and grandson at their Malviya Nagar home for some time.
But deputy commissioner of police (east) Maheshwar Dayal, said 99% of the investigation was complete and a final report will be submitted to higher authorities soon.
SY Siddiqui, chief operating officer (administration), Maruti Suzuki, told HT that an "extraordinary compensation package", beyond company norms, had been offered to the family.