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    Maruti violence: Japanese embassay conducts independent probe

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    The Japanese government, in a press statement last week, had expressed hope that the Haryana government would take prompt action on the incident.

    NEW DELHI: The Japanese embassy in Delhi is conducting an independent probe to ascertain the course of events that led to the violence and killing of a human resource manager at Maruti Suzuki's production unit in Manesar last week. "We are doing a survey and trying to collect information on the nature of the incident before we take a stand on it," Ryoji Noda, counsellor at the embassy told ET.

    Maruti Suzuki is a subsidiary of Japanese carmaker Suzuki Motor Corporation.

    The Japanese government, in a press statement last week, had expressed hope that the Haryana government would take prompt action on the incident.

    "We strongly hope that the state of Haryana would administer, according to law, prompt and just punishment to the perpetrators and effectively enforce law and order so that such incidence would not be repeated in the future," the statement said.

    The statement also said that the Japanese government expected that the Manesar plant would resume its operations and normalcy would be restored at the earliest. The company had declared a lockout after the arson and killing at the plant last week.

    Manesar, close to Delhi's suburb Gurgaon, has emerged among Haryana's fastest-growing industrial hubs in recent years.

    The latest incident of violence came less than a year after a month-long strike by contract workers at the Manesar plant resulted in a loss of an estimated 2,500 crore to the company. However, the Japanese embassy did not get actively involved in the matter last year.

    "It will be unfair to take a view or talk about it before we have concluded our investigation. We do not have a timeline for it and it all depends on how complicated the issue turns out to be," Noda said. He added that the embassy was talking to various people involved and reading all available material to understand what happened at the plant.

    Maruti Suzuki, which started as a joint venture between the Indian government and Suzuki in 1981, has maintained a dominant position in the Indian market despite the entry of several global carmakers.

    2 Comments on this Story

    Iyer3056 days ago
    Indian beggar dogs who need foreign exchange for their crude oil purchases talking tall about the "East India Company" and "Indian Law!" What a joke! If foreign companies wrap up and leave the country, the now barking rabid Indian dogs will soon die after becoming bankrupt, diseased Indian dogs. Learn your place, and learn to understand situations properly, instead of shooting off your mouth with impotent post-colonial pride and rage, when in fact, it is YOU who is at fault. What Modi is doing now is the correct thing. I am almost certain the company will shift its Haryana production facility to Gujarat within 6-9 months. Modi enjoys very high credibility in the far east. Since a Japanese national was injured and an Indian manager was killed, matters have gotten very serious, and knowing the Japanese (and Far East Asian) mindset, I am almost certain they will ruthlessly slash and burn, and relocate from Haryana to Gujarat. Modi already has a red-carpet welcome there during his present visit, and it is only a question of time before the Maruti plant move occurs. Senior Japanese management are ruthless and remorseless in such matters, and will shift operations without giving the matter a second thought, contemptuously ignoring and dismissing all low-class Indian dog barks. Haryana has blown it, exactly in the same way Mamata and W Bengal blew it with Tata Nano previously.
    Natwar Sodani3056 days ago
    Smells like East India Company is back in India. If Japan Government and Japanese Companies don't have faith in Indian Government and system they should not come to to India, they come here for business not for welfare of India. The incident was wrong by all means and guilty will be punished as per Indian Laws.
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