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Maruti - Manesar mayhem: Over 90 officials hospitalized
« on: July 20, 2012, 06:38:14 AM »

Maruti Manesar mayhem: Over 90 officials hospitalized
TNN | Jul 20, 2012, 04.48AM IST

GURGAON: Scores of anxious relatives and friends thronged the emergency wards of some of the city hospitals, as over 90 HR and management officials of Maruti Manesar plant, who were grievously injured were admitted there. They were admitted in the Civil Hospital, on Wednesday night.

However, 63 of these officials reportedly left the Civil Hospital to get better and advanced medical care at private hospitals. Artemis Hospital in Sector 51 catered to 36, of which 19 were discharged by afternoon. Six, including two Japanese nationals, are still in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in Artemis. Twenty-six were rushed to Medanta hospital, of which 10 have been discharged Ten injured employees were admitted to Paras hospital as well.

Gurgaon police commissioner K K Sindhu, said that 62 of the injured employees have been discharged after primary treatment, while 23, including the two Japanese nationals are still in critical.

"Over 50 senior executives, including two Japanese, were injured and admitted to various private hospitals," said deputy commissioner of police Maheshwar Dayal. Dr Vishal Sehgal of Artemis said, "36 injured employees were brought to the hospital till 9pm on Wednesday from the Maruti Manesar plant. Most had received head injuries and some had fractures as well. Of these 36, we admitted 17, while the remaining 19 were discharged after first aid."

Considering the severity of their wounds, Artemis admitted six of them to the ICU. "Four more patients were brought to the hospital late on Thursday afternoon, of whom we had to admit three. The fourth was discharged after first aid," explained Sehgal, head, Emergency and Trauma, Artemis Hospital, Gurgaon.

Sehgal also said that the two Japanese nationals have been identified as 50-year-old Torri and 46-year-old Saijo, who were brought in with head and orthopaedic injuries caused by blunt trauma.

The doctors at Artemis Hospital confirmed that all the admitted patients were fine and had stable vitals. Some of the patients had burn injuries as well. All the injured were mostly supervisors, who were beaten with iron rods and had injuries all over their bodies.

The doctors were trying to administer basic treatment and discharge those with minor injuries, so that the emergency beds would be available for the ones with major injuries.

A team of senior officials from Maruti were seen providing information to the family members at the hospitals.

"I was beaten with iron rods and I saw many of my colleagues getting beaten up mercilessly," said a supervisor, who could barely talk because of a swollen mouth. He was discharged early.

"We saw fire coming out of a nearby office and it spread gradually," said a senior official at Maruti. "The workers destroyed our cars as well as the company's vehicles. Police had to escort us out," he added. The officer was treated for head and rib injuries and had a broken hand too.

The top management officials of the company visited the injured employees. "Their experience was shocking. A few of them were critical, while others are recovering. However, they would take some time to come out of the trauma," said Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, in a statement.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/gurgaon/Maruti-Manesar-mayhem-Over-90-officials-hospitalized/articleshow/15050197.cms?
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Re: Maruti - Manesar mayhem: Over 90 officials hospitalized
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2012, 06:40:22 AM »

Maruti Suzuki's GM Awanish was an outstanding professional: Official
Aditya Dev, Sanjay Yadav & Shubham Gupta, TNN | Jul 20, 2012, 04.43AM IST

MANESAR: Awanish Kumar Dev, 49, general manager (HR), who died in the Wednesday evening clash between workers and the management at Maruti's Manesar plant, was described by a Maruti official on Thursday as an outstanding professional who was compassionate and committed to cordial industrial relations.

An MBA from Xavier's Institute of Social Service, Dev had been working with Maruti for the past nine years. His wife, Saparna Dev, is a deputy director with the Union defence ministry and they have a 10-year-old son, Abhiyudeep. Dev was the eldest of two brothers and four sisters. His younger brother runs a medical store in Ranchi while his father is a practising homeopath.

His family members flew to Delhi from Ranchi on Thursday to bring his body back home. Among those who have gone to bring back his body are his father, Rameshwar Sah, his mother, two brothers-in-law and a nephew. "Awanish's parents left for Delhi in the afternoon after getting the sad news," said Ashok Barua, their neighbour in AG Colony, Doranda.

The postmortem report has revealed that he died a gruesome death. According to the report, Dev had died of suffocation and burns which were 100% up to the bones. The tissues were all charred. There were multiple fractures on both his legs, which sources said, was brought on by agitators who broke his legs with an iron rod.

Dr Deepak Mathur, forensic expert at Civil Hospital, said, "It seems that he was severely beaten before death. The body continued to burn even after death."
Dr Mathur added that even though it was almost confirmed that the deceased was Dev, his DNA samples have been preserved for identification purposes. The DNA samples of his father or son would be taken in a couple of days and send to the forensic lab for confirmation. Dev was reportedly recognized by one his relatives by his golden tooth.

The body was handed over to the family on Thursday.

A Maruti official said in a statement, "Awanish was an outstanding professional and team member, compassionate, soft-spoken and deeply committed to cordial industrial relations. In the past year, he had been instrumental in the company taking far-reaching steps to enhance the wellbeing and working conditions of workers at the Manesar Plant".

"We are deeply disturbed by the mob violence and arson at our Manesar Plant on Wednesday evening. Several executives, managers and supervisors were brutally attacked and injured, and nearly 100 of them had to be hospitalized," added the official.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/gurgaon/Maruti-Suzukis-GM-Awanish-was-an-outstanding-professional-Official/articleshow/15050151.cms
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Re: Maruti - Manesar mayhem: Over 90 officials hospitalized
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2012, 06:41:15 AM »

Maruti standoff: It was a kind of terrorism at work, says shaken survivor
Vineet Gill, TNN | Jul 20, 2012, 05.09AM IST


GURGAON: It is quite some time after midnight and the emergency area at the Medanta hospital in Gurgaon is still filled to capacity. After the violent episode at Maruti's Manesar plant on Wednesday evening, 25 of the management employees, battered and bruised, have been brought in here.

Many are still inside the emergency ward, while their families and friends wait with anxiety for the minute-by-minute medical updates. A harrowed-looking MSIL staff member, Ravinder Singh (name changed), is also there, waiting right at the gates of the ward.

He isn't hurt, at least not visibly so. And, unlike some of the other staff members present, his MSIL tagged-shirt isn't marred with blood spots. "I escaped in time. I was with seven of my colleagues , and we locked ourselves in the new press line tunnel for two hours when they came for us," he says. Singh works as a supervisor at the welding section of the factory, and on a usual day would have around 300 workers under his wing.

"There were these 300 workers in our section, and when they barged in on Wednesday after 6.30pm, they went for any tool they could get hold of, and came right for us."

He was hit on the arm, but survived the fractures, and was quick to make a dash. "There is this under-constrcution press line, connecting line 1 to line 2. It is like a tunnel, underground. And we stayed in for two hours in the extreme heat, sweating all the time, until it finally ended."

For all its palpable threat, this remained one of the most dramatic events of his life. "This was terrorism . I have always heard of terrorism, and how it feels like. This is how."

Back at the Manesar plant, a representative of the private security agency, which provides around 250 guards to the manufacturing unit, describes the scene. "The workers gathered right here, just inside gate number 2. They had blocked the exits. This place was chock-a-block ," he says.

Brutally smashed laptop computers and TV screens can still be seen near the main reception. And lying on the floor are the improvised weapons that the rioters had used - shocker rods used in cars; steel extensions and railings used in cars.

Shyam is a cook at the cafeteria in line 2, just behind the epicentre of the trouble - the admin building. "We were inside the kitchen when we heard the sounds. Some time later we were informed of what actually was going on. And we were told to leave immediately." Shyam was evacuated from Gate number 1, and considers him lucky. But now that factory is shut, there is no telling what happens now to his only job.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/gurgaon/Maruti-standoff-It-was-a-kind-of-terrorism-at-work-says-shaken-survivor/articleshow/15050346.cms
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Re: Maruti - Manesar mayhem: Over 90 officials hospitalized
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2012, 06:46:51 AM »

Maruti’s HR general manager Awanish Kumar Dev dies of suffocation


TNN | Jul 20, 2012, 12.48AM IST


GURGAON: On late Wednesday evening, more than 3,000 workers, armed with steel rods and blunt automobile components, went on a rampage inside the administration block of the Maruti's Manesar unit, provoked by the management's refusal to reinstate a worker, Jiya Lal, who was suspended on the grounds of 'beating up a supervisor'. The supervisor had allegedly used a castiest slur.

The management said their staff members, including two Japanese, were severely beaten up by the workers, who had allegedly blocked all exits. According to one executive, the workers later set the administration wing on fire.

The HR general manager, Dev, was trapped in the first floor HR hall which was in flames. He was beaten unconscious and so died of suffocation. According to an MSIL supervisor, "One of the officials jumped out of the window and landed flat on the heavy machinery in order to escape the attackers, and several were seriously injured in the stampede to escape." Late on Wednesday night, hours after the violence, more than 25 executives were still receiving treatment at the emergency ward of the Medanta hospital.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/Marutis-HR-general-manager-Awanish-Kumar-Dev-dies-of-suffocation/articleshow/15048360.cms
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Re: Maruti - Manesar mayhem: Over 90 officials hospitalized
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2012, 06:34:18 AM »

Singur to Manesar frying pan
- Worker on the run after trying to rebuild life post-Nano

IMRAN AHMED SIDDIQUI

Manesar, July 20: Singur native Shankar Ghosh (name changed on request) suffered his first disillusionment when the Nano factory, where he had trained, left Bengal four years ago.

The second, he says, came soon after he got a job at Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar plant in 2010 and discovered the workers had to “work like dogs and face inhuman treatment”.

Now the young man is on the run after Wednesday’s violence, hiding at an undisclosed location from where he spoke to this correspondent over his cellphone.

He said employees at the Manesar plant — who worked eight-hour shifts: 7am to 3pm, 3pm to 11pm, or 11pm to 7am — faced a “standing order not to spend too much time in the toilet”. If they spent longer than five minutes, they received a tongue-lashing from supervisors.

“Anybody caught chatting with co-workers faced a salary cut. We were not even supposed to talk to colleagues while having lunch or dinner. Such was the pressure that we would rush back to work without finishing our meal,” Ghosh said.

“We had to work virtually non-stop: we got only 20 minutes’ break for lunch or dinner. It was inhuman. I was far happier as a trainee at the Singur Nano plant before it closed down.”

Maruti Suzuki managing director and CEO Shinzo Nakanishi, who termed the clash a “bad dot” in the company’s history and called it the biggest challenge in his career, made a reference to employee relations today.

Asked if there was a communication gap with the workers, he told PTI: “If there has been a lack of communication with the workers, then we need to improve it.”

The company had said in a statement on Thursday that the problem at the unit, by any account, was not an industrial relations issue over wages or working conditions. “Rather, it is an orchestrated act of mob violence at a time when operations had been normal over the past many months,” the statement had said.

Ghosh, a resident of Beraberi village in Singur, had undergone a course on automobiles at the Industrial Training Institute before receiving hands-on training at the Tata Motors’ Pune and Singur plants. He had had high hopes then, like many other young men in Singur and Bengal.

Ghosh was shattered when, after he had worked for seven months at the Nano factory’s engine shop, Mamata Banerjee’s land agitation forced the small-car project out of Bengal. After brooding for two years, he travelled the 1,640km to Manesar to find a job.

He said he still was a casual worker at Manesar despite the training he had undergone.

Maruti Suzuki has just over 1,000 permanent workers in a workforce of around 3,200, the majority being contractual and casual workers or trainees, most of them in their 20s. Ghosh said he received a salary of Rs 7,000 while the permanent workers were paid Rs 18,000 upwards.

“I live in a nearby village and spend Rs 2,000 on rent. I would have had to shell out another Rs 2,000 had I not shared the room with a co-worker,” Ghosh said.

He would not say whether he was part of the workers’ band that allegedly vandalised the plant and set some offices on fire, causing the death of a general manager.

“Please don’t ask me anything about it. We are very scared. The police are looking out for us and may implicate me in the case,” he said before disconnecting his cellphone.

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1120721/jsp/frontpage/story_15754923.jsp#.UApMQWEe6SU
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Re: Maruti - Manesar mayhem: Over 90 officials hospitalized
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2012, 06:50:33 AM »

SICKENING!!!!
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Re: Maruti - Manesar mayhem: Over 90 officials hospitalized
« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2012, 05:44:31 PM »

“I live in a nearby village and spend Rs 2,000 on rent. I would have had to shell out another Rs 2,000 had I not shared the room with a co-worker,” Ghosh said.

Does it cost Rs. 4000 to rent a room in a village near Manesar?
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Re: Maruti - Manesar mayhem: Over 90 officials hospitalized
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2012, 05:46:12 PM »

“I live in a nearby village and spend Rs 2,000 on rent. I would have had to shell out another Rs 2,000 had I not shared the room with a co-worker,” Ghosh said.

Does it cost Rs. 4000 to rent a room in a village near Manesar?

May be yes...it is around the NCR
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