A month after the July 18 arson at Maruti Suzuki's Manesar plant, the factory-turned-fortress witnessed action on Sunday morning as about 1,000 executives, including top management and Japanese engineers, participated in religious rituals under an unprecedented security cover.
The automobile major is scheduled to kickstart production partially on Tuesday. The ceremony was also attended by Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) CMD Shinzo Nakanishi, COO (administration) SY Siddiqui and COO (production) MM Singh.
All executives were escorted by armed policemen from their homes in individual cabs. Most were seen in plain clothes amid fears of being targeted by angry workers. Maruti had also deployed 50 armed protective service officers (PSOs).
MSIL employees offered prayers for senior executive Awanish Kumar Dev who died in the violence at the company's Manesar plant. The violence had also injured 96 supervisors and senior executives. The employees were joined by representatives of five village communities around the plant.
The firm took special care on Sunday amid security threats for the management who started pouring in with police protection 8:40am onwards, up till 10am.
Surprisingly, no senior police official was present at the havan, and, according to sources, it was a conscious effort by MSIL to not invite them.
Nearly 50 armed PSOs of a private security agency were seen entering the plant at 9am and were given directions to provide a cover to all executives.
The Manesar plant had been locked down after the July 18 incident. As an aftermath of the violence, the automaker had sent termination notices to 500-odd workers.
Though the spiritual training sessions at the Brahma Kumaris centre seem to have eased tensed executives, Japanese representatives seemed a little tense on Sunday. Doctors say most had been witness to the violence and were suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome.