Indian Court Convicts 31 Autoworkers in 2012 Maruti Suzuki Factory Riots

Posted March 11, 2017

The Gurugram District court on Friday convicted 31 people and acquitted 117 in the 2012 Maruti Suzuki factory violence case.

The court will announce the sentences on March 17.

The then Human Resources General Manager, Awanish Kumar Dev, was burnt to death by the mob of workers inside the plant facilities.

Reacting to Friday's verdict, Maruti Suzuki workers' union President Kuldeep Janghu told BloombergQuint that while the union respects the court's verdict they would consult their legal team on approaching a higher court challenging this order.

The plant is now functioning with new staff. After four years of trial, Additional District and Sessions Judge RP Goyal acquitted 117 workers, ANI reported. Assembly of more than five people has also been prohibited in the 500 metres radius of MSIL plant and Gurgaon court. Before the verdict, several unions had warned that they would protest a decision against the workers.

The management has maintained that the workers attacked senior executive "during a discussion"; the workers have alleged that its representatives were attacked first.

The charred body of Dev was found after the blaze was doused.

139 workers behind violence at Maruti Suzuki's Manesar plant are out of bail. "It is important to understand that these 13 are the office bearers of the union and the main leaders", said John. He said that the prosecution's content of a pre-planned murder has been set aside. A dispute between workers and management at the factory in Manesar, Haryana ended in rioting in 2012.