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Six more held for arson, violence at Manesar unit

The Gurgaon police have arrested six more workers in the last two days for their involvement in the violence at Maruti Suzuki's Manesar plant on Wednesday. Sanjeev K Ahuja reports.

gurgaon Updated: Jul 23, 2012 00:48 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja

The Gurgaon police have arrested six more workers in the last two days for their involvement in the violence at Maruti Suzuki's Manesar plant on Wednesday.

Those arrested have been identified as Yogesh Kumar, organising secretary of Maruti Suzuki Union and a resident of Jhajjar, Surender Pal of Palwal district, Naveen of Jhajjar, Pradeep of Jind and Satbir of Sirsa districts, police said. Sohan Lal, a resident of Karnal, was arrested on Saturday.

All the accused were arrested from various locations in the state. Sohan Lal was produced before the judicial magistrate who has sent him to 14 days' judicial custody on Sunday. The other five would be produced in court on Monday, they said.

The police have arrested 97 persons so far. However, senior union leaders Ram Meher and Samarjeet Singh are still at large. The police officials claimed that several teams were formed to conduct raids in neighbouring states as well.

Can't figure out what fuelled riots

Maruti Suzuki India chairman RC Bhargava can't figure out what went wrong at the plant on Wednesday. Recalling the sequence of events, he said the negotiations with the trade union were smooth till around 6pm.

No decision was taken on the issue of suspension of Jiya Lal, a worker, and this was conveyed to the union leaders too.

But all of a sudden violence broke out around 7pm. There was 'something else' that triggered the violence and it was not an industrial problem as there were no outstanding issues with the union, he said.

Bhargava was at his home along with two senior Maruti officials when the situation flared up. "We were meeting to discuss the forthcoming board meet and in between Siddiqui kept on receiving calls from the Manesar plant on the issue of negotiations over the suspension of Jiya Lal who had an altercation with the supervisor. As the union insisted the management not to suspend the worker, we decided to put it on hold as a special case. This was properly conveyed to the union members also. The negotiation process ended in cordial atmosphere," Bhargava recounted.

"But at 7.15pm, Siddiqui called me up to tell that there a serious incident of violence. I was told that over 90 managers and supervisors were injured and not even a single worker was hurt. We don't understand as to what led to the violence. It was an unprecedented turn of events in the 30-year-old history of Maruti in Gurgaon," he said.