A Gurgaon court on Thursday sent 10 Maruti Suzuki Workers' Union members to seven days police remand. The workers were arrested on Wednesday for their involvement in the July 18 violence at the automobile firm’s Manesar plant.
The last month arson had led to the death of a senior HR manager of Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) and had shaken up the corporate world.
The police had sought 14 days of remand for the 10 union leaders on the grounds that they needed time to recover some articles pertaining to the crime such as iron rods and blood-soaked clothes.
The cops said they had to retrieve these articles from as far as Mumbai, Pune, Ajmer and Jammu “where the accused were in hiding”.
The defence lawyer, however, contended that the men would not have carried three to four feet long iron rods to such far-off places. He said they would have preferred dropping or hiding them somewhere nearby.
Though the police claim that all the 10 accused were nabbed from a bus stand in Hisar’s Hansi town while they were planning to escape to Rajasthan and then to Gujarat, the accused told the court that they were picked up while they were on their way to the court where they were planning to surrender.
The arrested men have been identified as labour union chief patron Sandip Dhillon, president Ram Mehar Singh, vice president Sohan Kumar, general secretary Sarbjit Singh, cashier Suresh Singh, legal adviser Ajmer Singh, joint secretary Pawan Kumar and executive members Ramvilas, Amarjeet and Pradeep Kumar.
Last month, union secretary Yogesh Yadav and executive member Dhanraj Bhambi were also arrested.
Meanwhile, the judicial custody of three other MSIL workers, who were arrested on July 31, was extended by three days.
In all, 114 workers accused of instigating violence at the company’s Manesar plant have been arrested so far.
Maruti's senior executive Awanish Kumar Dev was killed and nearly 100 people were injured after the workers went on the rampage.
The plant shut down operations after the incident.
The Haryana government had decided to deploy a dedicated battalion in Manesar headed by IPS officer Yogender Nehra as the commandant.