13 autoworkers get life in prison for 2012 India factory riots

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In this July 19, 2012, file photo, security guards stand near a burnt down reception block of Maruti Suzuki factory in Manesar, near New Delhi, India. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das, File)
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In this photograph taken on July 19, 2012, Indian private security guards look at the burnt reception office at the main gate of the Maruti Suzuki Production Facility in Manesar, about 45 kms from New Delhi. (AFP / MANAN VATSYAYANA)
Updated 19 March 2017

13 autoworkers get life in prison for 2012 India factory riots

NEW DELHI: A court in north India has sentenced 13 factory workers to life imprisonment for taking part in violence at the country’s largest automobile factory that led to the death of a manager nearly five years ago.
Four other workers were sentenced to five years in prison for the rioting that broke out at the Maruti Suzuki manufacturing unit in Manesar in Haryana state in July 2012 following a dispute between workers and management at the factory.
The subsidiary of Japan’s Suzuki Motor Corp. operates two factories in India.
A day after the violence erupted, the body of human resources manager Awanish Kumar Dev 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 court on Saturday also fined 14 other workers accused of rioting and vandalism at the factory.
Defense and prosecution lawyers said they would appeal the verdict in a higher court.
“There is no evidence to link these workers to the murder. We hope for justice in the superior court,” Vrinda Grover, a defense lawyer, told the Indian Express newspaper.


World’s oldest man dies in Japan at 112

Updated 25 February 2020

World’s oldest man dies in Japan at 112

  • Chitetsu Watanabe, who was born on March 5, 1907 in Niigata, north of Tokyo, died on Sunday at his nursing home
  • The news came less than two weeks after Watanabe was officially recognized by Guinness World Records

TOKYO: A Japanese man recently named the world’s oldest living male has died aged 112, a local official said Tuesday.

Chitetsu Watanabe, who was born on March 5, 1907 in Niigata, north of Tokyo, died on Sunday at his nursing home in the same prefecture, the official said.

The news came less than two weeks after he was officially recognized by Guinness World Records.

Watanabe, who had five children, said the secret to longevity was to “not get angry and keep a smile on your face.”

He admitted a penchant for sweets such as custard pudding and ice cream.

The oldest man in Japan is now Issaku Tomoe, who is 110 years old, according to Jiji Press, although it was not clear if Tomoe holds the title globally.

The oldest living person is also Japanese, Kane Tanaka, a 117-year-old woman.

Japan has one of the world’s highest life expectancies and has been home to several people recognized as among the oldest humans to have ever lived.

They include Jiroemon Kimura, the longest-living man on record, who died soon after his 116th birthday in June 2013.

The oldest verified person — Jeanne Louise Calment of France — died in 1997 at the age of 122, according to Guinness.