The senior management of Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) and the Haryana Police held a secret meeting in Gurgaon, away from the media glare, on Wednesday to discuss the modalities of deputing a police battalion at the troubled Manesar plant, highly-placed sources said.
The meeting has also sparked hopes that the lockout may soon be called off and production will resume at the plant. An official announcement on the lockout is likely to come next Monday.
The meeting, that took place at the Japanese Hostel, also assumes significance as repair work at the Manesar plant, where a mob of workers ransacked and burnt office property on July 18, is almost over.
Awanish Kumar Dev, a senior HR manager, was killed in the violence.
Haryana director general of police Ranjiv Singh Dalal, Gurgaon police commissioner KK Sindhu, Gurgaon deputy commissioner PC Meena and MSIL vice-president (HR) CS Raju, among others, attended the top-level conference.
SY Siddiqui, chief operating officer, MSIL administration, said the company management and Haryana Police were jointly working out the logistics of stationing a police battalion at IMT Manesar.
“The police have sought logistic support from us in terms of identifying a place and other paraphernalia for stationing the personnel. We are going to work out a joint arrangement for the same,” he said.
Siddiqui refused to comment when asked if the meeting was a step towards restoring normalcy at the automobile plant. He, however, confirmed that renovation work of the office was almost complete.
DGP Dalal had recently said that the police will deploy a dedicated industrial safety battalion of 550 men in IMT Manesar. Sources said a retired army lieutenant general would be roped in as the head of the security wing.
The seven-day police remand of the 10 arrested Maruti union leaders ends on Thursday when they will be produced in court.