Maruti Suzuki 2012 riot case; 31 people convicted

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The sentence will be pronounced on 17 March.

On 18 July 2012, a fire broke out at this plant of India's largest automobile manufacturer following a violent scuffle between the workers and managers leading to death of a senior HR executive, Awanish Kumar Dev, and injuries to with several others.

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

More than 30,000 workers boycotted their meals on Thursday and warned of "further action" if their colleagues "did not get justice".

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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. "The stand of Maruti is vindicated". The matter soon got out of hand and the workers allegedly set fire to one of the floors. He was identified from a tooth implant.

The violence had left Maruti Suzuki Human Resource Department General Manager Ashwin Kumar Dev dead and over 50 persons injured.

The legal defence team of senior advocates Rebecca Mammen John, RS Chema and Vrinda Grover said the fact that 117 workers have been acquitted of all charges "unequivocally demolishes the foundation of the prosecution's case". The plant witnessed three strikes by the workers in 2011, who were demanding that they be given their trade union rights.

New Delhi Television station reported that another 117 men were acquitted of charges of criminal conspiracy and murder Friday.

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