Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Manesar voilence: Haryana offers gunmen to Maruti officials



In a bid to boost the morale of officials of Maruti Suzuki India's Manesar plant,Haryana government has offered to provide gunmen to the company's staff for security.

State director general of police RS Dalal told TOI the government has planned to offer personal security officers (PSOs) to the officials of Maruti, who feel threatened after the violent clash at the plant on July 18. "It's difficult to tell the exact number of officials wanting the security at the moment," Dalal added.

A general manager of the company's human resources department was charred to death while 100 were injured in clashes between the workers and the management.

Thereafter, the company had declared a lock-out on July 21 stating that safety and health of employees were its paramount concern.

According to sources, the government has now sent a proposal to the company seeking a list of officials, who want security cover. "Many among the officials seeking security cover may be witnesses in the case," said the DGP.

The government has also decided to deploy a 650-strong police battalion, led by an IPS officer, in the Manesar industrial area, he added. "After the unfortunate incident at Maruti plant, we are doing all efforts to restore normalcy," Dalal said.

The move has come at a time when the state police has sought sanction for recruiting 11,500 policemen, including 100 DSPs. At present, the state has around 46,000 cops, including officers, against the sanctioned strength of 54,000.

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