India: After abuse of Dalit worker, Maruti Suzuki autoworkers rebel, attack management–plant shut down, workers arrested

Maruti unrest: Manesar plant shut indefinitely, 99 workers arrested

by Naresh Sharma/Firstpost, Jul 19, 2012

[Around 500 policemen are at the Manesar plant. Photo: Naresh Sharma/Firstpost]

99 workers arrested, company still assessing damage at facility

4:03 As the Maruti workers and management blamed each other for the unrest at the Manesar plant, almost 100 workers were arrested on Thursday. Over 1,000 policemen have now been deployed at the factory and work has been suspended indefinitely. A case has also been registered against 60 workers for attempt to murder and damage to property. The company also said nearly 100 executives have been hospitalised after workers and members of the management clashed on Wednesday afternoon. The company has, in a statement, accused the workers of setting the plant on fire.

A Maruti spokesperson told CNBC-TV18 that a decision on when operations will be resumed at the Manesar plant will be announced soon as the company is still assessing the damage at its property and the facility. The company, however, clarified that the there has been no  damage to the production line. Only  administrative offices have been destroyed.

Victim identified as HR manager

3:02 The victim who was  burnt during the fire has now been identified as Avnish Kumar Dev, General Manager, HR. He is suspected to have died of smoke inhalation after he was trapped in the room which was set on fire. The senior official’s body has been identified by his brother-in-law. Dev’s charred remains were found after a fire in portions of the plant, including a control room, was doused. Continue reading