Four people identified for lynching Graziano CEO: Police (Lead)

October 1st, 2008 - 12:30 am ICT by IANS  

Greater Noida, Sep 30 (IANS) The police claimed Tuesday to have identified four people involved in the lynching of the Graziano Trasmissioni India CEO, Lalit Kishore Chaudhary, last week.”We have identified four people. We are going to take them into custody,” Inspector General of Police Gurdarshan Singh told IANS. “The prosecution has been asked to move an application before the court to take them into police custody.”

Singh also said that the police were investigating if any professional rivalry could be behind the murder.

Meanwhile, the bail applications of the 63 accused in the murder of Chaudhary have been rejected by the court of the chief judicial magistrate. The accused have applied for bail now before the district judge.

Chaudhary, CEO of the Italian multinational giant’s Indian company, was beaten to death by a mob of striking trade union activists on Sep 22.

Over 50 workers of the factory were brutally beaten with iron rods, hockey sticks and axles of vehicles, which were being manufactured by the unit, resulting in heavy bloodshed.

In another incident, four people tried to abduct Ashish Dwivedi, CEO of Expediene e-Solutions Ltd. on the night of Sep 26. He was injured badly but was saved by a crowd that collected after his shouts for help.

Gurdarshan Singh was at Greater Noida Tuesday to build confidence among industrialists after they voiced apprehension about their safety following the lynching of Chaudhary.

The administration asked the industries to submit their applications for arms licence in bulk to expedite the issuance of licenses.

It also promised to issue green cards to industrialists allowing uninterrupted vehicular movement in the district.

The administration assured them that unregistered trade unions would be identified for harsh punitive action. For this, District Magistrate Shravan Kumar Sharma announced the formation of a committee comprising police, administration and labour department officials.

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