Naxal groups using Maruti workers to gain foothold in NCR

The Centre on Wednesday claimed that the front organisation of Naxals and their sympathisers were organising demonstrations supporting the Maruti workers, who were sacked for the violence at Maruti’s Manesar plant last month. It said this while replying to a Rajya Sabha question on the matter.

A general manager (HR) was killed and nearly 100 other executives were injured after a workers’ agitation turned violent at Maruti’s Manesar plant on July 18.

The government, however, said there was no information or intelligence to suggest that the violence was instigated by left-wing extremists.

“Subsequent to the incident (violence at Maruti Manesar plant), a number of front organisations of the banned CPI-Maoists as well as bodies sympathetic to the outfits such as the Mehnatkash Mazdoor Morcha, Democratic Students Union, People’s Democratic Front of India, Committee for Release of Political Prisoners have organised demonstrations supporting the cause of workers of the Maruti factory,” Minister of State for Home Jitendra Singh told Rajya Sabha while replying to a question raised by Congress leader Mani Shanker Aiyar.

The minister said the objective of the organisations sympathetic to Maoists was essentially to exploit the situation to gain a foothold among the working class in the National Capital Region.

Singh also said the strategy of CPI (Maoist) for urban areas is documented in a paper titled “Urban Perspective”. “Briefly stated, the strategy of CPI (Maoist) for urban areas includes mobilisation and organisation of the working classes, building a united front of classes similarly placed to the working classes, and military tactics involving sabotage and select assassinations by ‘action teams’,” Singh said.

MoS Home added: “The Maoist are trying to integrate into a Pan-Indian framework. However, till now, they have failed to make any significant headway in the urban areas of the country”.

Meanwhile, central trade unions cutting across political affiliations, on Wednesday hit out at the Maruti Suzuki management for sacking 500 workers at the Manesar plant and deployment of police at the factory. In a joint statement, major trade unions also accused the Haryana government of “condoning the illegality being perpetrated by the management”.

The trade union bodies demanded judicial probe into the violence on July 18 that killed one senior company official and injured nearly 100 others at Manesar. “In the name of identifying the people who were responsible for the violence, innocent workers are being harassed and also being arrested. We strongly protest against the action of police in arresting 154 workers without any enquiry,” they said, demanding immediate release of all innocent workers. (With PTI inputs)

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