Gurgaon Court Convicts 31, Acquits 117 In 2012 Maruti Factory Unrest Case

Gurgaon Court Convicts 31, Acquits 117 In 2012 Maruti Factory Unrest Case

Gurgaon Court Convicts 31, Acquits 117 In 2012 Maruti Factory Unrest Case

A sessions court here on Friday convicted 31 former workers of Maruti Suzuki's Manesar plant near Gurugram in 2012 but acquitted 117 others for lack of evidence.

On 18 July 2012, a fire broke out at this plant of India's largest automobile manufacturer following a violent scuffle between the workers and managers leading to death of a senior HR executive, Awanish Kumar Dev, and injuries to with several others.

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The plant is now functioning with new staff.

Defence counsel Vrinda Grover said the fact that 117 workers were acquitted by the court demolished the foundation of the case and the theory of unlawful assembly. The violence had left over 40 people injured, mostly supervisors. Before the verdict, several unions had warned that they would protest a decision against the workers. His charred body was identified by a tooth implant. "The stand of Maruti is vindicated". They have been implicated in the case and management witnesses have deposed against them because they stand for the rights of workers.

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The court sentenced 13 employees, holding top posts in the workers' union, on charges of murder and attempt to murder besides rioting and other related offences.

The clash was taken place in the backdrop of the workers' demand of having their union and three strikes in 2011 had derailed the production.

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Dev, who was a human resources manager, died after he failed to escape a blaze which was started by workers who went on the rampage in Manesar, which is around two hours' drive southwest of the capital.

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