Village headmen see conspiracy, demand CBI probe

Jul 21, 2012, 04:42 IST | Agencies

Allege that the repeated disquiet is a high-level conspiracy to shunt out Maruti from Gurgaon; accuse Haryana govt of virtually supporting the agitating workers

Local village heads (sarpanchs) of the Manesar area yesterday decried the repeated crises in leading car-maker Maruti’s Manesar plant, blaming these on “outsiders”, and demanded a CBI probe into the situation.

Sarpanchs from the villages of Manesar, Kasan, Sikhohpur, Kho, Rampura, Kankrola, and Bans Kusla accused the Haryana government of virtually supporting the agitating workers, the spokesperson said. “The pollution control board, labour departments along with the help of top officials of the state government were busy in enrolling youths from select districts of Haryana,” said a spokesman of the sarpanchs.

They alleged that the repeated agitations was a high-level conspiracy to shunt out Maruti from Gurgaon, where it set shop way back in the ’80s.

The sarpanches also said that they fully supported the Maruti Suzuki management. MP from Gurgaon and IT standing committee chairman Rao Inderjit Singh agreed with the headmen’s views. “The local people are law abiding and cooperative in nature. They don’t believe in violence. Maruti Udyog started production in 1983. In all these years, they have had a smooth run, having a workers’ strike only for a brief period in 1999,” Singh said.

He said that the addresses of the employees should be checked through a high-level inquiry.

Workers cannot be so brutal: Union

Cops were deployed at three Suzuki plants in Gurgaon even as production remained suspended at the vandalised Maruti Suzuki plant at Manesar. Police contingents were deployed at Suzuki Powertrain India Ltd (SPIL) at Manesar, Suzuki Motorcycles India at Kherki Daula and Maruti Suzuki’s Gurgaon plant.

However, workers at the three plants slammed the police cover.

Rajesh Kumar, general secretary of the SPIL workers’ union said, “We were functioning normally... the deployment of force would create fear among the employees.” Suzuki’s Gurgaon plant union leader Kuldeep Janghu said they supported the labourers at the Manesar plant. ‘We demand a CBI inquiry in the complete episode. The workers cannot be so brutal,” he said.

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