Maruti workers brutally hunted company brass
NEW DELHI: Maruti Suzuki workers who went on the rampage on Wednesday evening appear to have systematically and mercilessly "hunted" senior executives. At least 26 executives have sustained fractures, with several having multiple injuries, as the protesters used everything from rods to car parts.
General manager, human resources, Awanish Kumar Dev died in the fire after both his legs were fractured in the thrashing by workers and he was left helpless in an office that was set ablaze.
Those injured include five vice-presidents, six general managers and seven DGMs, apart from other executives. Four of them, including a Japanese employee, are still said to be critical.
"The intention appeared to be to attack the senior staff and make the plant near defunct," a senior company executive said.
Several executives were trapped inside the factory as they were involved in negotiations with workers following a row earlier on Wednesday. Even as the talks were underway on the mezzanine floor, workers gathered on the ground floor and blocked the exit. When the talks collapsed in the evening, rods and car parts were pulled out to attack the company brass, eyewitnesses said. "It seemed like a premeditated attack with an intention to incapacitate staff," said S Y Siddiqui, head of human resources at Maruti Suzuki.
Among the senior staffers targeted by the rampaging workers was C S Raju, VP for human resources at the Manesar plant. Other VPs who were injured included Vikram Khazanchi (Manesar factory head) and P K Roy (head of plant 2), with the latter suffering serious injuries. Vikram Verma, VP for utilities, and Birender Prasad (VP-HR) were also beaten up.
The GMs who were thrashed included Anil Gaur (plant, HR), Vikram Sareen (production), Sultan Singh (supplier quality), S R Rana (electrical maintenance) and L K Gupta (plant maintenance). The company had admitted the injured to around half-a-dozen hospitals in Gurgaon, and around 60 have already been discharged. "It is not only the physical injury that needs to be healed, but also the mental trauma that has to be taken care off," Siddiqui said.
Maruti Suzuki MD Shinzo Nakanishi said the death of Dev was a rude shock for the company brass. "I feel extremely sorry for what happened to Dev. We just cannot forgive this kind of violence...this is totally unacceptable," he said.
Siddiqui said the company was trying to understand what led the workers to go for such a brutal attack. "We need to see what led to this barbaric action and what was the reason for such negativity."
Source : Economic Times