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Release All Maruti Workers

Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) welcomes the bail granted by the Supreme Court to Sunil, s/o Satpal and Kanwaljeet Singh, two of the Maruti workers on 23 February 2015. Sunil and Kanwaljeet are among the 147 workers who were arrested in the aftermath of the violence on 18 July 2012 in the Manesar plant of Maruti Suzuki in Haryana which led to the death of the factory’s human resources manager Awaneesh Kumar Deb. However it is hardly a cause for celebration given that the bail was long overdue, and the other 145 workers still continue to languish in jail.

The Supreme Court bench of Justice M Lokur and Justice U Lalit granted bail to Sunil and Kanwaljeet in response to an appeal filed on their behalf after the Punjab and Haryana High Court had rejected their bail petition earlier. The prosecution failed to produce sufficient evidence in their case. The only witness produced by the prosecution was unable to identify the two as being part of the group of “attackers.” Sunil Kumar finally left jail on 26 February while Kanwaljeet Singh came out on 27 February 2015.  By this time they had already spent over two and a half years inside.

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