Coimbatore in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu had been a textile manufacturing hub for many years before turning into an automotive parts centre in recent years. The area has also been a site of continual industrial struggles as workers defend their rights to secure employment and a living wage.
Eight former employees of a private company here were sentenced to double life imprisonment on Thursday for murdering company’s HR vice-president in 2009 following unrest by workers on the premises.
A Special Court for Bomb Blast Cases, however, acquitted 19 others who were directly or indirectly involved in the case. Roy J. George (47), vice-president (HR) of Pricol, was assaulted with metal rods in his chamber on September 21, after he had dismissed 42 employees over a labour issue between members of All India Central Council of Trade Unions of CPI (ML) and the management. Four employees who tried to stop the assault were injured.
Special Public Prosecutor U. Shankaranarayanan said on September 20, 2009, the accused conspired to murder Roy and on the following day they attacked him. The victim who became unconscious died in a hospital on September 22. The Periyanaickenpalayam Police filed a charge sheet against 27 employees and trade union activists.
He was assaulted with metal rods
in his chamber
on September 21, 2009