A section of the employees at car-maker Ford's manufacturing facility in Maraimalai Nagar, near Chennai, who staged a protest on Tuesday night, resumed work on Thursday, according to the company.

In a statement, the company said, “there has been no disruption to our production and we continue to retain normal production levels.” Trouble began after the services of nine employees at the facility, which employs 5,000 people across two shifts, were terminated following what the company described as violation of the company's code of integrity. “Their employment was terminated after due enquiry process on March 27,” the statement said.

Sources in the State government said some employees had approached the Labour Department. Following discussions on Thursday, the employees returned to work, sources in the Labour Commissionerate said.

Our Kancheepuram Staff Reporter adds:

On Tuesday night, based on a complaint from the company, the Maraimalai Nagar police arrested around 400 employees of the car plant. According to police, a complaint was received from the Director (Employee Management), Ford India, Dominic, on Tuesday night stating that a section of workers were disturbing the working atmosphere in the manufacturing plant by staging sit-in-dharna and also preventing lorries laden with spare parts from entering the facility.

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