Maruti factory violence case: 31 convicted, 117 acquitted by Haryana court

The factory workers allegedly set fire to the plant after getting into an argument with the management. They were later charged with conspiracy to commit murder, arson and rioting.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 10, 2017 4:33 pm
maruti case, maruti plant violence case, manesar violence, maruti suzuki plant violence, maruti suzuki worker case, maruti suzuki plant news, india news, indian express news The Maruti plant in Manesar (Express Archive Photo by Manoj Kumar)

After nearly five years of legal battle, 31 people were convicted Friday in Maruti Suzuki Manesar factory violence case and 117 were acquitted by Haryana court. They had been charged with conspiracy to commit murder, arson and rioting. The Gurgaon district was reportedly put on alert before the verdict. While nine of the accused workers are still behind bars, 139 are out on bail.

Additional District and Sessions Judge R.P. Goel was expected to decide later on the quantum of punishment to the guilty — put in two categories as per the charges proved against them.

Watch Video | Haryana Court Convicts 31 People, 117 Acquitted Maruti Factory Violence Case


The incident of violence, which took place on July 18, 2012, began with an argument between workers and management. The matter soon got out of hand and the workers allegedly set fire to one of the floors. HR General Manager Awanish Kumar Dev was killed in the incident and several other executives were injured.

The Maruti Suzuki plant suffered damage and the police later booked 147 workers in connection with the case. The factory workers allegedly set fire to the plant after getting into an argument with the management. They were later charged with conspiracy to commit murder, arson and rioting.

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.

Following the incident, the management of the plant terminated the services of 550 permanent and over 1,800 contract workers causing widespread outrage.

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  1. S
    Satendra kumar
    Mar 10, 2017 at 8:42 pm
    The factory violence is unacceptable unapprioate breaking of occupational health and safety laws inside the boundaries of maurti factory site these workers should be brought to jurisdiction.
  2. A
    Mar 10, 2017 at 8:15 pm
    Good decision.The union leaders must be held responsible for losses suffered by Maruti too.
  3. J
    Mar 10, 2017 at 9:00 am
    Good lesson to workers to deter them to work sincerely and also a good lesson to Employers !
  4. G
    Mar 10, 2017 at 12:56 pm
    You can stop using the word "alleged" in your reports. They have been convicted. They broke the arms and legs of Mr Dev and burned him alive. Now watch as higher courts stay the judgement and the case will go into limbo. This is our judiciary in action - ensuring that the guilty are never punished.
  5. K
    Kulmohan Singh
    Mar 10, 2017 at 4:43 pm
    Where thousands of hands-on killers were not punished for 1984 riots, some leniency could also be shown to workers jailed for so many years and their families rendered without a financial income for as long. To err is HUMAN, to FORGIVE, DIVINE.
  6. N
    Mar 10, 2017 at 9:39 am
    India by large a law less un democratic country. Metriculate persons control and threaten law abiding citizens. Our corrupt police system allows goons to flourish without any;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Many of the pro Kannada movement organisations are headed by person's who take the laws under their own hands to brow beat persons and;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Their main job exortion in the name of various functions now and then. If they do not give in they are severely aulted. They do not allow picture releases of Kannada dubbed other movies. There is no freedom in Karnataka. Fascism is rampant in Karnataka. Both union Govt. and Karnataka Govts. have failed to contain rowdy behaviours by these so called 7th standard failed;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Even the orders of Compeion commission is disobe and will never allow those orders be implemented. Atmospheres , Law and order situation is very very suffocating. Non state actors are more powerful and their will be foisted on others and they are more powerful than Courts and Govts.
  7. P
    Mar 10, 2017 at 6:34 pm
    The best punishment will be to put the rioters and murderers in jails for life and move the plant out of Haryana. They don't deserve the jobs and tend to kill the benefactors. We all have seen their outrageous behaviour in Jat reservation riots when even the highways were blocked forcing hapless pengers to miss their international flights. Do they deserve sympathy? Not, at all.
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