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Maruti workers' foot march crosses Jind

The 17-day-long Janjagran Yatra (foot march) started by families of employees jailed for violence at Maruti Suzuki's plant in July, last year, crossed Jind district on Sunday.

punjab Updated: Jan 19, 2014 18:56 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

The 17-day-long Janjagran Yatra (foot march) started by families of employees jailed for violence at Maruti Suzuki's plant in July, last year, crossed Jind district on Sunday.

The yatra, which took off from mini-secretariat of Kaithal on January 15, is scheduled to pass Rohtak, Jhajjar and Gurgaon constituencies for garnering support for their cause, before culminating at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on January 31.

"Our cause has been receiving a warm response from the people of the state and several trade unions, employees unions, social organisations have promised support,” said Satish, one of the sacked Maruti employee during the episode.

He said that their demands include unconditional release of the workers jailed during this episode and an independent probe from investigation agency of the violence. He said that foot march Yatra would reach Rohtak town on January 22 and a protest would be done in front of mini-secretariat on January 23.

On July 18, violence erupted at the plant after a suspended worker allegedly slapped a supervisor. The riots that followed lead to the death of one senior executive, while over a 100 were injured. The company then fired 546 regular workers and over 18,00 contractual workers. Of these, 148 were jailed.

First Published: Jan 19, 2014 18:55 IST