Gurgaon: Close on the heels of violence at Maruti Suzuki's plant last month, tension is brewing at Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India's Manesar facility following suspension of two workers.

HMSI Employees Union alleged that two workers -- Jaibir Yadav, an executive member of the union and Naresh Yadav -- were suspended by the management on "flimsy grounds". "We are demanding reinstatement of two of our colleagues, who have been given suspension letters by the management today for an argument that took place last week," HMSI Employees Union General Secretary Harjit Grover said.

He said the argument was over sanctioning of leave. Comments from HMSI management could not be obtained immediately.

Production at the plant, which has an annual capacity of 16 lakh units, is not affected yet as the workers have not gone on strike. "We have not yet decided to go on strike as we have been assured of an amicable resolution by the officials of the state labour department," Grover said.

The union will decide on its future course of action, only if nothing materialises in the next two-three days, he added. Police are also keeping a vigil on the development.

"We are keeping a close watch," SHO Manesar Om Prakash Bishnoi said, adding already some police personnel have been deployed around the HMSI plant.

In 2005, HMSI had witnessed one of the most violent instances of industrial unrest when over 150 people were seriously injured in clash between the police and agitating workers.

On July 18 this year, Maruti Suzuki's Manesar plant was rocked by violence and arson, in which one senior executive was killed and nearly 100 others were injured. Following the incident, the company has declared an indefinite lockout at the plant since July 21.


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