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Sacked employees of an Italian auto-parts maker bludgeoned the chief of the company’s India operations to death following a violent...

Written by Pragyakaushika | Greater Noida |
September 23, 2008 1:50:41 am

Sacked employees of an Italian auto-parts maker bludgeoned the chief of the company’s India operations to death following a violent disagreement with the management on the firm’s premises in Greater Noida’s Udyog Vihar on Monday afternoon.

Lalit Kumar Choudhary, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Graziano Transmissioni India Pvt. Ltd was allegedly beaten with iron rods. He was declared dead on arrival at Kailash Hospital in Greater Noida. He is survived by his wife and a young son.

“A total 40 injured from both sides have been admitted in the hospital. Half a dozen are in the Intensive Care Unit,” said Dr Mahesh Sharma, Chairman and Managing Director of Kailash Hospitals.

Police said the incident happened around 12.30 pm, when the dismissed employees met the management to resolve a dispute that had been continuing for the last five months. “The employees wanted a raise and permanent jobs with the firm,” SP (Rural) Babu Ram said. “The standoff took a serious turn two months ago, when the agitating employees ransacked the company’s offices, and the management retaliated by dismissing around 300 people for misbehaviour and rioting.”

A Graziano official said the sacked employees were told to give an undertaking not to launch any movement. . “This was a precondition for getting their jobs back. This led to an argument, which turned violent,” the official said.

Bhanu Pratap Singh, IG (Law and order), said a large group of employees waiting outside got restive after rumours spread that a scuffle had broken out between the management and union leaders inside the meeting.

A worker who was injured in the scuffle with company guards told The Indian Express from his hospital bed that the employees had met the management with a written apology.

Graziano’s officials said they had informed the Circle officer, Dadri and Station Officer, Bisrakh about the clash but the police took too long to reach. “When the security guard was beaten by the dismissed employees, we called up the police. However, the agitating employees got violent and hit the managing director with an iron rod,” said the company’s production manager.

Police have lodged FIRs against 119 employees and arrested 63. “Cases have been registered under sections pertaining to rioting, clashes, attempt to murder and murder. The Station Officer of Bisrakh police station, Jagmohan Sharma, has been suspended for dereliction of duty,” SP (Rural) Babu Ram said.

(With ENS, Lucknow)

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