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Maruti Suzuki workers protest 'one-sided' riot verdicts

Five years on from deadly clashes, unions demand answers

Members of the Maruti Suzuki Workers Union lead a 4km protest march in Manesar on Mar. 23. (Photo by Kiran Sharma)

NEW DELHI Nearly five years after a deadly riot rocked Maruti Suzuki India's Manesar plant, convictions in a long-running court case were finally handed down in March.

A total of 148 workers had been arrested after the uprising took place, most of whom had been released on bail after sitting in jail for three to four years. On March 10, 117 of them were acquitted. Eight days later, of the remaining 31 workers, 13 were sentenced to life imprisonment, four received five-year terms, and the remaining 14 were deemed to have served sufficient time before being granted bail.

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