Over 200 family members of jailed Maruti workers began a 24-hour-long hunger strike outside the Mini-Secretariat here on Friday afternoon, demanding the withdrawal of false cases against them and their immediate release.

As many as 148 Maruti workers are in jail in connection with the violence at the company’s Manesar plant on July 18 last year.

A large number of office-bearers of several workers’ unions also reached the protest venue during the day in support of the families of the jailed Maruti workers.

“The family members of the jailed workers including their parents, wives and children are holding the protest demanding their immediate release and withdrawal of false cases against them. Their other demands include impartial probe into the Maruti violence incident and reinstatement of 500-odd regular and 1,800 contract workers sacked in the wake of the violence at the plant. The hunger strike will continue till noon on Saturday,” said Rajpal Gaur, one of the members of the Maruti Suzuki Workers’ Union provisional working committee.

A senior manager was killed and several managers and executives were injured during violence at Maruti Suzuki Plant in Manesar on July 18 last.

Of the 148 workers arrested so far in the case, only Iman Khan has managed to secure regular bail from the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

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