A local court here today convicted 31 workers and acquitted 117 in connection with a case of violence at Maruti's Manesar site in 2012.
Additional District and Sessions Judge R P Goel was expected to decide later on the quantum of punishment to the guilty - put in two categories as per the charges proved against them. Human Resources Manager Awanish Kumar Dev was burned to death.
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The plant is now functioning with new staff.
Lawyer Rebecca John, who represented the workers, confirmed that 117 of the 148 accused have been acquitted of all charges. The violence had left over 40 people injured, mostly supervisors. More than 500 policemen were deployed around the district court. The issue went out of control and the workers immediately began attacking senior management during talks, while the workers' union maintained that its representatives were attacked first. He was identified from a tooth implant. They were also demanding union rights. "The workers have been framed but we have full faith in the judiciary and expect a fair decision tomorrow (Friday)", Ram Niwas, one of the members of Manesar Dismissed Employees Provisional Committee, had said.
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Violence had erupted at the plant over disciplinary action against an employee during which agitated workers had gone on the rampage, torching a part of the factory, beating Avanish Kumar Dev who sustained fractures in hands and legs and then setting the building on fire. "The judgment vindicates our stand that a very large number of workers were falsely implicated to prejudice the public opinion and project an exaggerated and alarming version of the incident", she added.
The case was filed by Deepak Anand, former general manager of the plant, who accused 600 workers of murder, attempt to murder, rioting and unlawful assembly.
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