One person died of burn injuries and sources say more than 100 others have been injured in a clash between workers and the managerial staff at the Maruti Suzuki(MRTI.NS) factory in Manesar.
The company, which is a subsidiary of Japan’s Suzuki Motor Corp., said in a statement that at least 40 managers and executives had been hospitalized with injuries.
Police were searching on Thursday for 3,000 people they want to detain, Reuters reports.
“So far 99 workers have been arrested,” DCP Maheshwar Dayal told reporters outside the plant here.
He further said a special investigation team (SIT) has been formed headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police Ravinder Tomar with six inspectors to probe the incident.
In order to maintain law and order at the plant, 1,200 policemen have been deployed in and around the area, he added.
Sources say that a supervisor allegedly got into an altercation with a junior worker and passed some disparaging and casteist remarks. During that altercation the worker allegedly slapped the supervisor, following which the management took the decision to suspend the worker. The other workers protested against the suspension.
The factory, which can make 550,000 vehicles a year and accounts for around a third of Maruti’s total output, would remain closed on Thursday, the company said.