Maruti Suzuki India today said it will take a decision on Monday on reopening of its violence-hit Manesar plant where the company had declared a lockout on 21 July.
“We expect the police report on violence at the plant on Monday. We will take this up along with the technical assessment report of plant and report on the state of the employees who were injured in the violence,” said Maruti Suzuki India Chief Operating Officer (Administration) S Y Siddiqui.
Once the top management discusses these reports, it would take a decision as how soon it could be reopened, he added. The Manesar plant was hit by violence and arson on 18 July during which one senior executive was killed and nearly 100 other were injured.
Over the last few days or so Maruti has started producing Swift Dzire Diesel from its Gurgaon factory, sources told CNBC-TV18.
Stating that the safety and well-being of its employees were paramount, the management declared a lockout at the plant on 21 July.
While announcing the lockout, Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) Chairman R C Bhargava had said: “To me, what is more important is safety of my colleagues than producing some cars to make some money,” said at a press conference here. Asked how long the lockout will continue he had said, “Maruti is not closed…we will be very inefficient if we take six months. I don’t think we are that bad…we will start at Manesar.”
The Haryana government had announced formation of a special investigation team (SIT) headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police Ravinder Tomar with six inspectors to
probe the incident.
On 1 August , the police had arrested 10 office bearers of the Maruti Suzuki Workers’ Union, including its President Ram Meher and General Secretary Sarabjit Singh, taking the
total number of workers arrested to 114 in relation to the incident.