13 Maruti Suzuki employees get life imprisonment for 2012 Manesar violence

A Gurgaon court has awarded life sentence to 13 ex-employees of Maruti Suzuki India Limited found guilty of murder.

While prosecution counsel Anurag Hooda sought death penalty for the 13 ex-employees convicted of murder, Sessions Judge R P Goyal awarded them life sentence. They were found guilty of murder in connection with violence at the company’s Manesar plant in 2012 wherein a senior officer was killed.

Awanish Kumar Dev was the General Manager – Human Resources at Maruti Suzuki Manesar plant. He was burnt to death following labor unrest. His arms and legs were broken and he was set on fire. He had no means of escape and was charred to death while his body could only be identified due to a tooth implant.

Workers went on a peaceful strike after the verdict was announced.

A total of 94 managers, supervisors and 9 policemen were also injured in the attack. 145 workers were arrested, charged with assault and rioting, attempt to murder and possession of deadly weapons. Of these, 11 are still in jail while the rest were released on bail. 18 ex-workers were convicted of which 4 were given a sentence of 5 years and 14 others have been released after paying an amount of INR 2,500 as fine.

The 13 ex-workers who have been sentenced to life imprisonment have been identified as Ram Mehar – Union President, Sandeep Dhillon, Ram Bilas, Sarabjeet Singh, Pawan Kumar, Sohan Kumar, Pradeep Kumar, Ajmer Singh, Jiya Lal, Amarjeet, Dhanraj Bhambi, Yogesh Kumar and Pradeep Gujjar.

Below is the official statement of Maruti Suzuki Workers Union which was shared with Rushlane. Those who want to get in touch with them, can do so by contacting 7011865350 (Ramniwas), 9911258717 (Khusiram) on behalf of the PWC, MSWU or writing an email at marutiworkerstruggle@gmail.com or can get updates from marutisuzukiworkersunion.wordpress.com

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