Apart from the police already posted at the factory, the Coimbatore Rural Police deployed huge reinforcements in and around all the units of the company that manufactures automobile components.The company on Monday issued dismissal orders to the employees of its unit at Kuniamuthur in view of the low productivity. The management had already given several warnings and show cause notices.
Irked by the orders, some of the striking employees were said to have attacked Mr. George and three other staff members with iron rods and sticks at the factory’s unit at Periyanaickenplayam.In a complaint lodged with the police, the management alleged that “outsiders” had instigated the workers.
Superintendent of Police N. Kannan said six persons, believed to be part of the group that involved in the attack, were taken into custody. Efforts were on to secure the others. Mr. Kannan said all relevant sections relating to unlawful assembly, causing grievous hurt, attempt to murder and damage to properties would be invoked against the assailants.