A day after an assistant general manager of Indo-Japanese firm Allied Nippon Ltd (ANL) was beaten to death by disgruntled workers in the Sahibabad Industrial area, police arrested eight suspects.
The ANL management and 400 workers had clashed on Saturday. A critically injured Yogender Chadhury died early Sunday morning. Later, an FIR was lodged against 27 workers and 350 unidentified persons for murder and rioting.
The incident comes two years after the MD of a Greater Noida firm was lynched by workers.
Police said the workers were on strike, demanding that seven dismissed colleagues be reinstated. When Chaudhary (42) and HR manager Raj Kumar fired in the air, they thought some of them had been shot. They chased Chaudhury outside the ANL premises and "beat him with sticks, iron rods and bricks".
The arrested men said Chaudhary slapped several workers too. But ANL spokesperson MS Chaudhary said the attack was pre-meditated and unprovoked. "They went on strike despite a reconciliation meeting being scheduled for November 15."
"I fired in the air just to scare the mob," said Raj Kumar.