Indian Police Narrows Maruti Probe to 11 Union Leaders image

Indian police has narrowed the manhunt to 11 labor union leaders for starting the deadly riot at Maruti Suzuki plant.

Police has already issues warrants for the 11 men, including Ram Meher, president of the Maruti Suzuki Workers Union. Last week a general manager was killed and many others injured in the incident at Maruti Suzuki’s plant in Manesar, considered the most violent riot in the company’s history. Puneet Dhawan, spokesman at Maruti Suzuki declared that the company has filed a complaint against 55 employees.

On June 6th, Maruti fired 11 employees considered the ‘ring leaders’ of the strike at the Manesar plant. During the strike, from Saturday to Monday, the company lost 1,800 cars, after 2,000 of the 3,000 workers refused to work.

“We are trying to understand why the strike was called without notice. I don’t think they (the workers) understand the consequences of an illegal strike. We have terminated the contracts of 11 workers who were the ring leaders. They have to talk to us, there are elections next month where they can express their views,” said Mr R. C. Bhargava, Chairman, Maruti Suzuki in June.