All But One Imprisoned Maruti Workers Get Bail After Almost 10 Years In Jail!May 30, 2022
10 of the 13 Maruti workers who have been incarcerated in Gurugram’s Bhondsi Jail since almost the last ten years have now finally been granted bail. They had been sentenced to life imprisonment in 2017 over the controversial charge of attempt to murder of a Maruti official in 2012 during the historic Maruti Workers’ Struggle in its Manesar plant that commenced on 4th June 2011.
The latest bail order of Chandigarh (P&H) High Court came on 19th April for Maruti Suzuki Workers’ Union (MWSU) body member Dhanraj. Earlier the bail orders have come for Rambilas (24th Nov 2021), Sandeep, Suresh (19th Jan 2022), Yogesh (8th Feb), Ram Meher (President), Sarvjeet (General Secretary), Pradeep (21st Feb), Ajmer (23rd March), Amarjeet (24th March). Now, only the bail order of Sohan remains to come. Notably, two of the imprisoned comrades Pavan and Jialal died tragic deaths in February and June of last year due to electrocution and cancer while serving the oppressive sentence.
The Court had openly called this life-taking sentence an ‘exemplary punishment’ needed to restore investor sentiment and the Maruti CEO RC Bhargava (quite aptly) termed the Maruti Workers Struggle a ‘class war’.