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Why the Vendetta?

With the government bent upon reassuring foreign investors, the Maruti Suzuki workers are up against the wall.

More than a thousand workers demonstrated in Gurugram on 18 July in protest against the life sentence that 13 Maruti Suzuki workers, 12 of them office-bearers of the Maruti Suzuki Workers Union, have been given based on framed-up murder charges against them. We say “framed” because the facts point to collusion of the police with the company and the fabrication of evidence. Indeed, even additional district and sessions judge R P Goyal admitted as such, in the case of 117 of the 148 accused workers who, among other reasons, had to be exonerated because not a single prosecution witness could identify them. All the accused 148 workers came from the list of “suspects” provided by the company to the police, not from any independent investigation by the latter. What is also surprising is the fact that Judge Goyal did not allow testimonies from any of the non-accused workers who were on the premises of the factory, the place of the “crime,” at the time when it was allegedly committed.

This year, 18 July marks six years since the death of Awanish Dev, a personnel manager who was sympathetic to the workers in their struggle to officially register their union. Dev was the only casualty in the company-provoked altercation with the workers on that day in 2012, when a mysterious fire erupted resulting in his death due to asphyxiation. The Maruti Suzuki management and the Haryana government’s vendetta against the workers has been vicious. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the state government, now steered by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has petitioned the Punjab and Haryana High Court to convert the life sentences of the 13 convicted workers to death by hanging. Why is the BJP-led state government, like its earlier Congress-led counterpart, bent on inflicting exemplary punishment on the workers?

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Updated On : 30th Jul, 2018
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