High tension prevailed as scores of workers from the industrial belt of Udyog Vihar, Manesar, Bawal, Dharuhera (Rewari) and Faridabad marched through the busy market areas of the city on Friday.
The workers along with trade unions opposed the sacking of 500 workers at the Maruti Suzuki India Limited's (MSIL) Manesar plant and demanded their immediate reinstatement.
Representatives of the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), All India United Trade Union Centre (AIUTUC), All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU) and Maruti Udyog Kamgar Union (MUKU) gathered at the Gaushala ground around 3pm.
The protest was also attended by workers from Maruti Suzuki's Gurgaon plant, Hero MotoCorp, Rico Auto, Sunbeam Auto, Satyam Auto, Suzuki Motorcycle India Pvt Ltd, Lumax Auto, Ranbaxy Laboratories, Xerox India and Sona Koyo Steering Systems, according to PTI.
Hundreds of policemen stood guard and kept a watchful eye on the workers' proceedings.
However, things went off peacefully as the unions handed over a memorandum of their demands, addressed to chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, to Gurgaon district magistrate PC Meena.
"We demand a CBI probe into the violence at the Manesar plant," said CITU Haryana state secretary Raj Singh.
Expressing anguish over the sacking, Maruti Udyog Kamgar Union general secretary, Kuldeep Jhangu said, "We demand that all workers who have been issued termination notices must be reinstated".
Left trade unions such as CITU and AITUC also criticised Maruti Suzuki over its decision to dismiss 500 regular workers.
"We demand an independent probe into the incident," said CITU general secretary Tapas Sen. "The government must intervene and compel the management to reverse its decision," he added.
Meanwhile, Gurgaon police commissioner KK Sindhu had convened a meeting of its brass and SHOs to ensure adequate arrangements."The protest went off peaceful and we did not face any hurdle. The workers had no intention to create any ruckus," said Naresh Kumar, SHO, Civil Lines.