India court convicts 31 autoworkers in 2012 factory riots

NEW DELHI (AP) " A court in north India convicted 31 factory workers Friday for taking part in violence at a factory run by the country's largest automobile manufacturer Maruti Suzuki that led to the death of a manager, news reports said.

Another 117 men were acquitted of charges of criminal conspiracy and murder, New Delhi Television reported. A dispute between workers and management at the factory in Manesar in Haryana state ended in rioting in 2012.

The subsidiary of Japan's Suzuki Motor Corp. operates two factories in India.

A day after the violence erupted in July the body of Avnish Kumar, the human resources manager, was found badly charred in a conference room. Dozens of managers and executives were also injured with several suffering broken bones, the company had said at the time.

According to the company, the unrest erupted when a worker beat up a supervisor and the workers union prevented management from disciplining the worker and blocked exit gates.

The Maruti Suzuki Workers Union said a supervisor had abused and made discriminatory comments to a low-caste worker, leading to the violence.

The convicted workers have not been sentenced but could face life in prison.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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