New Delhi: Suzuki Motor Corp., the Japanese parent of India’s largest car maker Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, will continue to invest in Haryana despite facing violent labour protests at its factories in the state.

Suzuki Motor’s chairman Osamu Suzuki conveyed this to Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda in a meeting on Sunday. The meeting was attended by officials from Suzuki, the Haryana government and Maruti.

Suzuki Motor sells its cars in India through Maruti and its two-wheelers through another unit, Suzuki Motorcycles India Pvt. Ltd.

The Japanese firm has invested at least 1,700 crore for a research and development (R&D) centre at Rohtak in Haryana—its first such outside Japan. “We will continue to invest in the state. Manesar will have the third (assembly) line. The R&D track in Rohtak is proceeding ahead. That is a big investment," Maruti chairman R.C. Bhargava told reporters after the meeting. Suzuki’s motorcycle plant, too, will come up and be expanded in Rohtak, he said. “So a lot of investments are taking place and that’s not small. It is around 7,000 crore."

Maruti is also investing in Gujarat for a new assembly line, expected to be operational by 2015-16.

Maruti has two factories with six assembly lines in Haryana that produce at least 1.2 million units a year.

Suzuki Motorcycles has an installed capacity of 250,000 units a year. It will make a phase-wise investment of 2,000 crore for another plant in Haryana to increase its annual capacity to 2 million units by 2019.

In his meeting with Hooda, Suzuki also asked the Haryana chief minister to find the reason for the recent violence by workers at its Manesar plant that killed one senior executive and injured hundreds others.

“It was a courtesy call on the usual pattern and because of what happened in Manesar that naturally came for the discussion. Mr Suzuki requested Mr Hooda that the special investigating team (SIT), which is appointed (to probe the issue), must find the root cause, what actually took place and why it took place? We must know the root cause of this whole incident," Bhargava said.

Maruti declared a lockout at the Manesar plant on 21 July following the violence.

The company sacked at least 500 permanent workers who were involved in the attack and lifted the lockout under heavy security on 21 August.

Maruti has since produced 600-700 cars, chief operating officer, production, M.M. Singh, said. “We have asked the remaining workforce to join work from tomorrow (Monday)," Singh said. “We expect to start full-scale production by the end of this month."

Last week, the company sent letters to at least 300 workers to join work on Tuesday. It aims to produce 150 cars a day.

The company produces some of its top-selling cars such as Swift, Dzire, SX4 and A-star at the Manesar plant.

Last week, Suzuki had met Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and visited the site near Mehsana where Maruti Suzuki’s new plant will come up. Suzuki will attend the annual general meeting of the company on Tuesday.

PTI contributed to this story.

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