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A petty argument that escalated into arson and murder in Maruti Suzuki's Manesar plant in Gurgaon
A verbal tussle and the flare up between a floor worker and a supervisor in Maruti Suzuki India's Manesar plant in Gurgaon, which could have been better managed, in a matter of hours, lead to loss of life of a HR Manager of the company, arson, destruction of official property, and what now looks to be at least 10-14 days of loss of productive days. The incident, when looked in isolation, was a result of two persons losing their cool. The larger picture is more complicated - possibly involving deteriorating management by Suzuki of their relationship with Maruti - now the junior partner in the joint venture; overbearing workers union and unchecked indiscipline in the work force. What's also apparent is that apart from bad blood between workers and management, there is a lot of distrust between floor workers and supervisors - with departments like HR being affected in the cross-fire.