Prohibitory orders have been imposed and security stepped up in Gurgaon today as court of additional district and sessions judge, Gurgaon will pronounce its verdict in the Maruti plant violence case in 2012.
On July 18, 2012, in an outbreak of violence at the Maruti Suzuki plant in Manesar, Awanish Kumar Dev, general manager (human resource), was killed, and large scale damage was done to the plant. Police booked 148 workers in this case and eight of them are still in jail waiting for the court to decide the case.
Workers have threatened to stir if the ruling is against them.
“Innocent workers were framed in the case. We want their release, else major protest will start,” said Khushi Ram, general secretary of Mazdoor Sahyog Kendra, Gurgaon.
Ram is one of the 546 permanent employees whose services were terminated after the violence.
At least 148 workers were arrested, of which 145 were charged with rioting with weapons, murder, attempt to murder, unlawful assembly, assault, and trespass, among others. Eleven workers are still in jail while others were released on bail.
Members of six workers’ unions of various Maruti facilities boycotted company lunch on Thursday and asked the management to secure the release of all workers.
Gurgaon district administration has imposed prohibitory section 144 of the CrPC barring assembly of four and more people and carrying of arms within an area of 500 metres from Maruti Suzuki plant in Manesar and in Gurgaon district courts complex.
Sandeep Khirwar, Gurgaon commissioner of police, said additional police force has been deployed to handle any untoward situation.
Hardeep Singh, deputy commissioner, has ordered imposition of section 144 of the CrPC from March 10 to 15.
“We have requisitioned additional police force from police stations across the district. Adequate measures have been taken and additional force had been ordered at sensitive points like Manesar plant, district court, etc.” said assistant commissioner of police and Gurgaon police spokesperson, Manish Sehgal.
The unions have decided to hold a meeting on March 10 evening and launch a protest if the decision is not in favour of the under-trial workers.
“Justice should prevail in the case. There is also need to learn that worker-management relationship improves and there is regular interaction so that such incidents are not repeated,” said Parveen Yadav, president Gurgaon Udyog Association.
“Workers are united for welfare of their fraternity and it is now up to the government to secure their future,” said Kuldeep Janghu, general secretary of Maruti Udyog Kamgaar Union.