Mahapanchayat demands CBI probe into violence

Representatives of around 100 villages, who gathered at the Dhana village for a mahapanchayat on Monday, demanded a CBI inquiry into the violence at the Maruti Suzuki's plant here last week in which one senior company official was killed and 100 injured.

“We don't have faith in the special investigation team. We demand a CBI inquiry to probe the incident,” said former Gurgaon Zila Parishad Chairman Rao Abhay Yadav, who presided over the mahapanchayat.

“We demand that the culprits, who committed the crime must be brought to book and all the workers who were involved in it must be sacked,” Yadav added.
As part of a six point agenda passed in the meeting, it was resolved to form a committee of the villages to look into the incident.

Last week, the Haryana government had announced a special investigation team (SIT), headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police Ravinder Tomar, to investigate the incident.

In the mahapanchayat, representatives of around 100 villages, including Aliyar, Dhana, Manesar, Kasan, Basskusla, Kankrola, Bangrola, Kho, Pukharpur, Naharpur, Mohammedpur, Farukh Nagar, Nawada and Wazirabad expressed their support to Maruti and condemned the incident.

District BJP leaders Kamal Yadav and Mukesh Pahelwan, Congress member Ved Prakash Vidroi and Amina Sherwani, General Secretary of the IMT Industrial Association Manesar, were present.
Village involvement

Yadav said in order to prevent such violence in future, village representatives must be involved while resolving disputes between the company management and the workers.

He also said “not employing workers from villages around the plant” was one of the reasons for the violence as “local elders could have always guided them not to indulge in such acts.”

The mahapanchayat said outside influence, especially “that of communists,” should not be allowed in the affairs of the workers’ union in Maruti.

It sought an investigation on the way how VRS was granted to former union representatives, including Sonu Gujjar and Shiv Kumar, who had led the strikes in Maruti Suzuki's plant here last year.

As many as 30 suspended workers, including all former office-bearers of the Maruti Suzuki Employees’ Union (MSEU), had left the firm after taking a severance package of Rs 16 lakh each.

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