New Delhi: Thirty one workers have been convicted and 117 acquitted in a case of violence and rioting at Maruti Suzuki plant at Manesar, 20 kms from Gurgaon city.
The verdict was announced in the court of additional district and sessions judge RP Goyal here on Friday amid heavy police presence. Administration had imposed section 144 in the district court premises and within 500 meters of Maruti Suzuki plant in Manesar.
The court has reserved the quantum of sentence that is likely to be announced later in the day. A large number of curious workers gathered near the court as the hearing was going on.
Awanish Kumar Dev, general manager (human resources) of Maruti Suzuki, was burned to death and several executives injured in the violence in the car plant allegedly triggered by workers on July 18, 2012. The police had arrested 148 workers in connection with the case, which is under trial at a district court.
Out of 148 charged workers, 147 were present in the court.
Eight workers are still in jail while others were released on bail in different hearings. The workers were accused of various charges including rioting with weapons, murder, attempt to murder, unlawful assembly, assault, and trespass. Violence was triggered after tussle between workers and the management over various demands.
Several workers’ unions have warned of protest if the court verdict was anti-workers. The unions have decided to hold a meeting in the evening at Kamla Nehru Park to further discuss their strategy.
“We will discuss the verdict with all workers and decide future course of action” said Khushi Ram, general secretary of Mazdoor Sahyog Kendra, Gurgaon. Khushi is one of the 546 permanent employees who were terminated after the incident.