Maruti Suzuki Manesar factory violence; 18 convicted for rioting, 13 for murder

The quantum of punishment in the case will be announced later.

What led to the violence was the continuing struggle by workers at Maruti's Manesar Plant to form a union.

The plant is now functioning with new staff.

Altogether, the court in Gurgaon found 31 employees guilty of various offences linked to the rampage at Maruti's Manesar plant in July 2012.

"It was a historic judgment as for the first time so many people have been convicted of mob violence".

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Reacting to Friday's court verdict, workers of various factory/industrial units based in Gurugram and nearby Dharuhera area of Haryana held a meeting in the evening at Gurugram's Kamla Nehru Park to chalk out their future strategy. "We also hope the rest of the workers will be released soon". His charred body was identified by a tooth implant.

However, the court acquitted 117 of the 148 employees chargesheeted in the case for the want of substantial proof.

Maruti Suzuki's Manesar unit had not churned out a single auto for over a month after the violence. He said it was not proved who set the office on fire and what the cause of fire was.

"The judgment vindicates our stand that a very large number of workers were falsely implicated to prejudice the public opinion and project an exaggerated and alarming version of the incident". The charges in the case included attempt to murder, assault, trespass, unlawful assembly and rioting with weapons. "The evidence provided will not stand the scrutiny of the high court", Grover said.

The violence, that lasted several hours, had taken place after an argument between workers and the management on July 18, 2012.

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