2012 Maruti Suzuki factory violence case: Haryana Court convicts 31, acquits 117 workers

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Delhi, 10 March: The Haryana court convicted 31 people and acquitted 117 in the 2012 Maruti Suzuki factory violence case.

At least 148 factory workers were arrested and charged with the murder of Awanish Kumar Dev, HR manager at the company’s Manesar plant on July 18, 2012.

The judgment was passed by the Gurugram District court on Friday. The court has fixed March 17 to pronounce the quantum of sentence in the case.

Booked by the police and sacked by the carmaker after the violence on July 18, 2012, none of the 148 jailed workers could secure bail for long.

It was only on February 23, 2015, that the Supreme Court granted bail to two of the 148 accused.

The violence had left Maruti Suzuki Human Resource Department General Manager Ashwin Kumar Dev dead and over 50 persons injured. Several policemen were also injured in the melee.

The violence was triggered on the carmaker’s premises after a supervisor allegedly abused and slapped a worker. Services of nearly 2,500 workers, including 546 permanent employees, were terminated after the incident.

Maruti declared a lockout for over a month, suffering loss of several crores of rupees in the process.
 Wefornews Bureau

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