Maruti Suzuki Manesar plant has remained closed for the second day following clashes between workers and management staff. One person was killed and around forty were injured in the violences that broke out on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the Haryana police have already arrested 100 workers who were produced before a local magistrate and remanded for 14 days over various charges. A worker source said that many of them were hiding out fearing more arrests. "It is difficult to say now what we will do. We are also unable to contact our union leaders," the source said.
Maruti Suzuki had stated that it was "still assessing the total damage to property and facilities from the acts of arson. What is clear is that the office facilities have been burnt beyond repair, as have the main gate, security office and the fire safety section. We will shortly announce our decision on the next steps with regard to resuming operations in these facilities."
The aggression was put to an end yesterday after Haryana police secured the plant by deploying around 1,300 policemen. A special investigating team has been formed under Gurgaon Assistant Commissioner Ravinder Tomar to investigate the matter.
Maruti Suzuki's Manesar plant is one of its most important as it produces its best selling cars such as the Swift and Swift Dzire there. 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. However, there has been no talks from either sides so far to resume production.
Consecutive strikes at Manesar plant had seen the carmaker making huge loses last year.