The chaos at Maruti Suzuki's Manesar plant has reduced today after more than 1,200 policemen were posted at the plant to maintain law and order. The violet strike that lead to the death of one official and left many injured is being probed by a special investigation team of Haryana police.
The violence that broke out after a scuffle between a supervisor and workers has resulted in severe damage to the plant's office premises. Some workers had allegedly set fire to equipment. Many people suffered burn injuries while one person, a General Manager Hr named Awanish Kumar Dev has been identified as the person who was burnt alive during the violence.
Maruti Suzuki has announced that there will be no production at the Manesar plant on Thursday and it would monitor the situation for any future action. The Haryana police have already arrested 100 workers who are said to have been involved in yesterday's violence.
The Manesar plant has an annual production capacity of 5.5 lakhs and Maruti Suzuki builds the Swift, Swift DZire, SX4 and A-Star here. The plant had witnessed three consecutive strikes last year which resulted in huge losses to the carmaker.
The government of Haryana which played an active role in resolving the previous strikes has swung in to action. Haryana Industry Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala has stated that workers had no right to take law in to their hands in get involved in violence and has added that strict action will be initiated against them.
Maruti Suzuki's Manesar plant is the carmaker's most important plant as it produces its best selling cars such as the Swift and Swift DZire. A loss in production even for a day will result in Maruti Suzuki losing Rs.73 crores in revenue and Rs.9 crores in net profit. The management is yet to talk to the agitating workers who are demanding the reinstatement of a worker. The management is not keen on talks following the death of its senior official.
This is not the first time the Manesar plant has witnessed incidents of violence. A strike in the early 90s had seen the death of two workers. Maruti Suzuki had then claimed the deaths were not related to the strike.