NEW DELHI, India – Maruti Suzuki, India's top car maker, on Thursday (July 19th) suspended production at a plant near New Delhi after rioting workers attacked managers, leaving one person dead and scores injured, the company said, according to news reports.
A burned body was recovered from the Manesar plant after the violence erupted late Wednesday. Workers set a building ablaze, ransacked offices and damaged property, company officials said.
Senior police officer Maheshwar Dayal said at least 88 workers were arrested and faced accusations ranging from murder and rioting to arson.
The company said the dispute began Wednesday morning when a shop-floor employee beat up a supervisor. The union gave a different account, saying the supervisor had "abused" a worker who complained and was suspended.
The Manesar plant, which makes 550,000 vehicles a year, employs 2,000 people and produces Maruti's top-selling Swift and A-Star hatchbacks and SX4 sedans.