On 18th July last year, the strike at Manesar plant of Maruti Suzuki took place, leaving memories of the enormous mental and physical damage on those effected. This strike proved to be quite fatal as it led to the demise of Awanish Kumar Dev, a Senior Executive. Along with the demise of Dev, the strike left over 100 employees injured badly.
A year after the horrible incident, the workers' union at Manesar's Maruti Suzuki India Limited plant called for 'Manesar Chalo'. They planned to oppose with an indefinite public demonstration and hunger strike against the alleged anti worker policies being adopted by the company and the Haryana government. The workers explained the long struggle because of some unfavourable policies of the management. They also mentioned the fact that around 147 workers have been jailed and their attempt to procure a bail has failed.
Protestants had clear cut demands that included getting their jobs back, along with their request to the CBI to take an action on issues. They have also asked the Punjab and Haryana High Court to conduct an investigation on the matter. Meanwhile, Maruti Suzuki was successful in getting prohibitory orders to avoid any sort of conflict between the sacked workers and villagers.
According to sources, Shekhar Vidyarthi, the District Magistrate was quoted as saying, “Keeping in view the maintenance of peace, tranquillity and to avert chaotic situation or untoward incident, law and order problem, inconvenience to citizens and business entities, these orders have been enforced in public interest.”