Staff move out of Maruti plant, cops heave sigh
Uneasy calm enveloped the Manesar-based plant of Maruti Suzuki India Limited until Friday evening, when the striking workers finally vacated the premises of the car-manufacturing unit.india Updated: Oct 15, 2011 01:38 IST
Uneasy calm enveloped the Manesar-based plant of Maruti Suzuki India Limited until Friday evening, when the striking workers finally vacated the premises of the car-manufacturing unit.
The striking worker had held the company to ransom since October 7.
More than 2,000 workers retreated out of the factory after the district administration and police assured them of intervening to sort out their issues with the company management.
Heavy police deployment was made around the factory premises since Thursday midnight, after the Punjab and Haryana High Court ordered the Gurgaon police to evacuate workers from inside the plant and move them 100 metres away from the facility.
City police commissioner SS Deswal and Gurgaon deputy commissioner PC Meena met workers at MSIL and Suzuki Powertrain plants. Delivering speeches over public address system (PAS), the duo assured the workers of intervening with the company managements to end the standoff.
Deswal said the process of persuading workers to vacate the plant started on Thursday evening after the high court issued an order.
"We offered the workers to leave the MSIL premises peacefully, to which they agreed."
The workers alleged they were pressurised to vacate the premises.
They alleged that they were not given food and water since Thursday night. Also, three toilets they had been using were locked. They complained that even power supply was disconnected to the factory. As a result, they could not charge their mobile phones and contact their family members.
To show solidarity with the workers, protesting inside, those demonstrating outside the factory's gate launched an indefinite hunger strike.
A shamiana was placed over the plant's gate so that people could not catch a glimpse of what was happening inside. The demonstrators, however, had raised brick bars to help mediapersons catch the inside view.