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Gurgaon villagers back Maruti,want CBI probe

People from around 100 villages congregated in Dhana village for a Mahapanchayat on Monday,demanding a CBI inquiry into the violence at Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar plant last week in which a senior company official was killed and over 100 were injured.

People from around 100 villages congregated in Dhana village for a Mahapanchayat on Monday,demanding a CBI inquiry into the violence at Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar plant last week in which a senior company official was killed and over 100 were injured.

The Mahapanchayat,in which representatives of around 100 villages,including Aliyar,Dhana,Manesar,Kasan,Basskusla,Kankrola,Bangrola,Kho,Pukharpur,Naharpur,Mohammedpur,Farukh Nagar,Nawada and Wazirabad were present,expressed their support to Maruti and condemned the incident.

“Maruti has been in Gurgaon for over 20 years now. It has helped Gurgaon become a millennium city. Many industries and MNCs set their establishments here after Maruti showed the way. We don’t want Maruti to shut its plant here. This will send a negative message,” Chaudhary Moolchand,sarpanch of Dhana village,said.

This came amid Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s announcement later in the day that senior Supreme Court lawyer K T S Tulsi has been appointed special prosecutor for the trial of the accused in Wednesday’s violence.

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Last week,the Haryana government had announced a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the incident. But the Mahapanchayat said it “has no faith in the SIT”. “We demand a CBI inquiry,” said former Gurgaon Zila Parishad Chairman Rao Abhay Yadav,who presided the Mahapanchayat.

“The SIT has members from districts to which most of the trade union leaders and workers belong. We think the CBI should be given the charge to ensure that a free and fair inquiry is conducted and the guilty are punished,” 65-year-old Chaudhary Moolchand said.

Coordinator of the Mahapanchayat,Vikram Singh,said village representatives must be involved in resolving disputes between company management and workers in order to prevent violence in the future.

“Most of us have either rented out rooms to the workers,who come from distant places,or provide transportation services to them. The workers have vanished without paying their rents and the auto-drivers are sitting idle. If the lockout continues,how will we earn our livelihood?,” he said.

He said “not employing workers from villages around the plant” was one of the reasons for the violence as “local elders could have always guided them not to indulge in such acts”.

A Gurgaon court on Monday issued arrest warrants against 12 workers,including office bearers of the labour union,in connection with the violent clashes in which general manager (HR) Awanish Kumar Dev died and 100 others were injured. More than 100 workers have been taken into custody so far.

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