The workers of Gurgaon, Manesar, Rewari and Dharuhera held a meeting on Wednesday and decided to skip meals as a mark of their peaceful protest demanding justice for the 31 employees convicted in the Maruti violence case.
The Gurgaon district court had convicted 13 employees of murder and 18 others of rioting and other charges on March 10, while the rest were acquitted for want of enough prosecutable evidence.
The massive labour unrest broke out at Maruti’s Manesar plant on July 18, 2012 and the ensuing mob violence left a senior executive dead over 100 employees injured.
The district court will pronounce the quantum of punishment on March 17, Friday.
Kuldeep Singh Jhangu, general secretary, Maruti Udyog Kamgaar Union, who headed the meeting at Devi Lal Park Manesar, said, “We will take our meals on Thursday at all plants in Gurgaon, Manesar, Dharuhera and Rewari. We have decided to hold another meeting soon after the court’s pronouncement of the quantum of sentence on Friday.”
“We want justice for our colleagues who are still behind bars.Their families are in dire straits financially and need help. It is sad that the facts were distorted during trial and that is why they were convicted,” Jhangu said.
Ram Niwas, another member of Manesar Provisional Committee, said, “We will ask all employees to skip meals on Thursday as an expression of sympathy and solidarity for the workers still in jail. We will also protest against them not getting a fair trial.”
The court had convicted 31 Manesar plant workers and acquitted 117 others in connection with the mob violence.
“The sections under which the workers have been convicted show that the police did not present the facts of the case deliberately. This is wrong. We respect the court’s judgement. We understand that the court can only go by the evidence and facts presented before it,” Jhangu said.
Earlier, on March 9, industry workers had skipped meals in support of the Maruti workers accused of the July 2012 violence.