The Centre on Wednesday sought a report from the Tamil Nadu government on the murder of Roy. J. George, a senior executive with auto-parts maker Pricol, near Coimbatore.
George was killed on Tuesday, allegedly by company workers upset over the sacking of some of their colleagues.
“We condemn such incidents. In a democracy, law should take its own course,” Labour Minister Mallikarjun Kharge told reporters in New Delhi.
“We have sought a report and our Chief Labour Commissioner is in touch with the local labour officer,” Kharge said about the action taken by the his ministry on this incident.
The body of George (47), vice-president (human resources), with Pricol, was on Wednesday laid to rest in his hometown Muvattupuzha, 45 km east of Kochi.
On Tuesday, Pricol had dismissed some employees, citing low productivity, after issuing several warnings over the last 12 months.
Angered by the dismissal, more than 40 striking employees allegedly attacked George and three other executives
with sticks and iron rods at the company’s Periyanaicenpalayam unit on Monday night, police said.
Nine workers were arrested. Pricol supplies auto parts to car manufacturers including Ford India and General Motors India. It is also a vendor for domestic auto majors like Tata Motors and Maruti Udyog Ltd.
George, who suffered major brain injuries, was admitted to a private hospital in a critical condition and died on Tuesday afternoon.
He is survived by his wife and two daughters. The Indian Institute of Management (Calcutta) alumnus had joined Pricol two years ago.
(With inputs from PTI)