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Firing outside Maruti factory

india Updated: Oct 10, 2011 00:18 IST
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Tension prevailed on the third day of the ongoing strike by workers of the Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) as a gunfire incident was reported outside one of the Suzuki factories on Sunday.

A contractor has been arrested for allegedly opening fire at the plant, while two of his associates have been detained.

Though nobody was injured in the gunfire, an ensuing fight rendered four workers injured as the miscreants allegedly assaulted workers with iron rods and liquor bottles.

In connection with the strike and violence on the premises of Manesar factory on Friday, Maruti Suzuki has dismissed 10 employees, suspended 10 others and terminated the training of five trainees.

The police department also spruced up deployment inside the Manesar plant of Maruti Suzuki to avoid any untoward incident.

Avinash Kumar, general secretary of Suzuki Motorcycle Workers Association, said, "The labour contractor along with his henchmen had started threatening workers on Sunday morning."

Narrating the incident, he alleged, "The musclemen consumed liquor outside the plant and then abused workers. When the workers objected, the musclemen opened three gunfires, two in the air and one on the ground, to terrorise the employees."

"Following this, the musclemen smashed empty liquor bottles on the heads of workers standing at the gates of the factory. I have filed a complaint at the Kherki Daula police station."

Within minutes, workers clashed with the musclemen and gave a sound beating to two of them. Police officials said an FIR had been registered against the accused under the Arms Act and relevant sections of the IPC.

On the other hand, Maruti Suzuki officials said the strike by workers had violated the agreement signed by the workers with the company management on October 1, in the presence of the state government.