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Maruti's Manesar plant resumes operations under heavy security

PTI 21 Aug 2012, 21:10:03 IST
PTI
Manesar, Aug 21: Amid tight security, Maruti Suzuki India today resumed production at its Manesar plant, a month after a lockout was declared due to violence in which one senior company official was killed and 100 others injured.



The Chairman of the company's Japanese parent Suzuki Motor Corp, Osamu Suzuki, will be arriving in India tomorrow for a week-long visit during which he will take stock of the situation at the plant. He will also meet Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda to discuss the issue.

“Production has resumed at the Maruti Suzuki Manesar plant this morning,” a company spokesperson said.

Senior Superintendent of Police, Yogender Nehra, said a total of 1,200-1,500 policemen, including 540 from India Reserve Battalion (IRB), have been deployed inside and outside the plant.
“We have not got any information of any untoward incident inside the plant so far. Forces will be here till industrial peace is established in the region,” he added.

Earlier in the day, Gurgaon Police Commissioner K K Sindhu also inspected security arrangements in the plant.

Maruti Suzuki India has also formed its own special force numbering 100, which includes ex-servicemen.

Although the company had earlier said that 300 workers would start operations in a single shift, according to people who went inside the plant attendance was thin.

“We went inside the plant to assure our support the management. There were about 80 workers on duty...We will do whatever possible to help the company and restore normalcy,” Kasan Village Sarpanch Ramesh Singh Chauhan said.

A company official, however, said there were a total of 500 people, including workers, supervisors and managers, inside the plant.