Gurgaon: A Gurgaon court will deliver on Saturday the quantum of punishment in a case of violence and rioting at Maruti Suzuki India Ltd’s Manesar plant in 2012 in which a senior officer was burnt alive.
On Friday, the Gurgaon court reserved its order after argument of the prosecution and defence over the quantum of sentence. Prosecution counsel Anurag Hooda demanded death penalty for the 13 workers who were found guilty of murder. The court had on 10 March convicted 31 employees of Maruti Suzuki, including 13 of murder, in connection with the case. The judge had acquitted 117 of the 148 employees named in the chargesheet for want of evidence.
In August 2012, violence had erupted at Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar plant over disciplinary action against an employee. Agitated workers had gone on a rampage—torching a part of the factory, setting senior HR manager Awanish Kumar Dev on fire, and beating up and bludgeoning 100 others. Those wounded had included some foreigners and policemen.
Hundreds of policemen in riot gear have been deployed at the court and outside the carmaker’s offices over threats by workers to mobilize large-scale protests if their colleagues “did not get justice”. The administration has imposed prohibitory orders under section 144 of CrPC in the district till 25 March.