Workers, led by a militant trade union bludgeoned the Chief Executive Officer of an Indian subsidiary of a leading Italian auto components manufacturing company, to death at India’s showpiece industrial zone, Noida near Delhi. The workers were demanding reinstatement of 11 workers sacked for under performance two months ago.
Police sources said, the company has asked the 11 employees to come for talks with the CEO of Oerlikon Graziano Transmission India, at 11.30 am on 22nd September’08. About 150 workers of the local trade union accompanied the sacked employees.
The SSP of Police said that the immediate cause of outburst of the simmering tension, have been the firing in the air by an overzealous guard eager to keep the restive union members at bay.
Hearing the sound of gunshot, the workers attending the meeting with the CEO L.K.Choudhury, 45, rushed out to see what had happened. Seeing them rushing out the waiting union leaders thought that the talks have failed.
This infuriated the waiting workers and some 50 of them charged into the room of the CEO with iron rods, hammers, batons etc after overpowering the security guards and struck him on the head repeatedly causing his death
Oerlikon Graziano Transmission India is catering to the need of high-end manufactures like Ferrari, Audi, Lamborghini etc. and employed about 500 workers.
The attack was reminiscent of West Bengal’s militant trade unionism of seventies and eighties of the previous century when a number of Managerial stuff members were killed by shooting them, setting them on fire etc in jute mill violence.
The dead CEO, who had been the Managing Director of the company for about a decade, leaves behind his lecturer wife and a grown up son.