Maruti case: Villages demand CBI probe

New Delhi/Manesar: Four days after violence at Maruti Suzuki`s Manesar plant claimed the life of senior executive, Haryana government today announced the appointment of eminent criminal lawyer KTS Tulsi as special prosecutor for the case. Earlier in the day, representatives of around 100 villages around the Manesar plant, gathered at Dhana village for a Mahapanchayat and demanded a CBI inquiry into the July 18 incident.

The decision to appoint Tulsi was announced by Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda after a meeting with the top management of Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) and Gurgaon district officials here. "For that we have appointed a special prosecutor KTS Tulsi," Hooda told reporters when asked about steps taken by the state government to bring to book the culprits. The company, meanwhile, said it has been assured of full support by the state government in the case, adding its internal inquiry into the incident will be merged with the police investigation.

Gurgaon Police Commissioner K K Sindhu and Haryana DGP R S Dalal were also present in the meeting, which was attended by MSI Chairman R C Bhargava, Managing Director and CEO Shinzo Nakanishi, Chief Operating Officer (Production) MM Singh and Chief Operating Officer (Administration) S Y Siddiqui. Bhargava said the priority at the moment is to find the reasons behind the violence.

"The first priority is what was really behind what had happened last week…identify the issue. Problems have to be uprooted and eliminated from the state. The CM is determined, he won`t tolerate any such activities in the state," he added. He further said, "Today`s meeting was to chart out the approach and action to the incident that shocked the government, administration and the company."