Police in India is seeking to arrest the entire workforce of 3,000 at the Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar factory after a Wednesday riot left a manager killed, hundreds injured and the factory torched, Reuters says. Maruti Suzuki’s factory is closed. A lengthy shutdown that could cost $15 million a day is expected.
“Part of the manufacturing area is burned, the whole building is burned, and the people who are running the factory are injured and admitted in the hospital, so it will take a little time,” said a Maruti Suzuki official.
Meanwhile, the Hindustan Times reports allegations that the riots were pre-planned. According to the report, workers had been piling up iron rods and wooden logs and were waiting for the right moment
Maruti Suzuki also called the riots an orchestrated act of mob violence.
Labor contractor Rakesh Choudhary, who was present at the spot when the violence erupted on Wednesday said: “Wednesday’s violence was planned. The workers were planning it for a week. It started at 8.30 am when supervisor Ram Kishore Majhi went to the production unit and (worker) Jiya Lal misbehaved with him when the former asked him to behave properly”. Choudhary said it was a trivial issue and the supervisor did not use any abusive language.