Police connived with the Maruti Suzuki management in flouting the basic rights of workers at its plant in Manesar, Haryana, said a report released on Thursday by the People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR), which demanded an independent judicial inquiry into in the July 18, 2012 violence at the plant.
The report “Driving Force, Labour Struggles and Violation of Rights in Maruti Suzuki India Ltd” states that the events that led to the death of Awanish Dev on the fateful night are still shrouded in ambiguity and the real culprits can be identified only if a thorough investigation is conducted by an independent agency which the management can’t influence.
The Haryana police have been consistently acting in a partisan manner favouring the management since the incident and therefore can’t be entrusted with the task, it said.
The PUDR wants the police investigation nullified and the police officials responsible for the custodial torture criminally prosecuted.The report released by PUDR secretaries D Manjit and Asish Gupta here said the role of hired bouncers that led to the precipitation of events should also be investigated.
It further stated that all workers should be reinstated in the absence of solid evidence of their involvement and all the arrested workers should get a speedy trial and be granted bail.
The role of the state Labour Department should be probed, the PUDR further demanded.