dglobalnews.com 31 workers found guilty, 117 acquitted in 2012 Manesar plant violence
Published: Sat, March 11, 2017
Medical | By Benjamin Edwards

31 workers found guilty, 117 acquitted in 2012 Manesar plant violence

31 workers found guilty, 117 acquitted in 2012 Manesar plant violence

Workers unions' leaders and others who participated in the meeting included those working in Maruti Suzuki's plants in Gurugram, Manesar as well as other plants in Kherki Daula. The quantum of punishment will be announced later in the day. Almost 150 workers were arrested, of whom 117 were found not guilty today of charges including criminal conspiracy and murder.

According to Maruti, the unrest had erupted when a worker beat up a supervisor and the workers' union prevented the management from disciplining the worker and blocked exit gates.

Maruti shut down its Manesar plant for a month after the violence.

"All I know is 117 people have been acquitted of all charges".

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The other 18 were convicted on charges of rioting, trespassing, causing hurt and other related offences under various sections of the Indian Penal Code. And since the sessions court has set aside the contention of the manager's death being preplanned, it will work in their favour, she added. Before the verdict, several unions had warned that they would protest a decision against the workers. "Prima facie the judgment looks good but we would decide about challenging the same only after reading the judgment in detail", said Vikas Pahwa, counsel for Maruti Suzuki.

On July 18, the violence started when a worker Jiya Lal was suspended for allegedly slapping a supervisor.

Khushi is one of 546 permanent employees who were terminated after violence broke out at the plant. The workers maintained that the executives had the factory gates locked and hired bouncers brought in who "brutally attacked" the workers.

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