Manesar: Cops begin probe, look for CCTV clues
The Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted to probe Wednesday's violence at the Manesar plant of Maruti Suzuki India Limited on Friday kicked off its investigation by rushing a team of cyber experts to retrieve the closed-circuit television camera (CCTV) footage.india Updated: Jul 21, 2012 00:00 IST
The Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted to probe Wednesday's violence at the Manesar plant of Maruti Suzuki India Limited on Friday kicked off its investigation by rushing a team of cyber experts to retrieve the closed-circuit television camera (CCTV) footage.
Scores of CCTV cameras as well as the digital video reorders were burnt after the agitating workers allegedly set the security control room on fire.
Deputy Commissioner of police (DCP), East, Maheshwar Dayal said the footage would help the SIT know the sequence of events. "There is a challenge before us as the CCTV cameras as well as video recorders that record the footage for a specified period were burnt in the fire on Wednesday. Experts from the cyber crime team will attempt to retrieve the footage,” he said.
The SIT will be headed by assistant commissioner of police Ravinder Tomar and has been formed on the directions of Haryana Chief Secretary PK Chaudhary.
Dayal said Tomar would be assisted by six inspector-level officers. No time-frame has been given to the SIT to complete its investigation.
"We have formed 10 teams to raid places in Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Punjab and Haryana to nab the accused, including union leaders," he said.
Gurgaon police commissioner KK Sindhu visited the Manesar plant on Friday for a spot check. The hutments where workers stay in neighbouring villages were found to be locked.
The company, in a statement, said what while some injured officials were discharged on Friday, 33 supervisors and managers were still undergoing treatment in various hospitals of Gurgaon.
"They are undergoing treatment for critical injuries. The operations at Manesar plant continued to be suspended for the second day post-arson and violence by workers in the plant on Wednesday," the company said.
No fresh arrests were made on Friday.
Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said in Chandigarh stern action would be taken against those found guilty.
"An SIT is looking into the issue. Stern action would be taken against those found guilty," Hooda told reporters after chairing a meeting of the State Cabinet.
Congress Kurukshetra MP and industrialist Naveen Jindal said the government was making all efforts to ensure that things returned to normal. He said Wednesday's incident should not shake the investor confidence in Haryana. (With PTI inputs)
Industrialists a worried lot
Industrialists based in Manesar have expressed concern about their security following the violence. "I have been getting calls from several industrialists who are worried,” said Manesar Industries Welfare Association president Amina Shervani.
Manoj Tyagi of IMT Industrial Association said, "We keep hearing that Maruti will move out of here. Such incident will prove to be a justified reason for them to do so."