The Communist Party of India (Marxist) Rajya Sabha MP Tapan Sen on Wednesday criticised the Haryana Government for the police action against dismissed Maruti workers, their families and supporters during a demonstration at Kaithal earlier this month.

He charged that the workers and the trade unions in the State were being denied their democratic right to protest.

He was addressing a gathering of workers and farmers outside the Mini Secretariat in Kaithal. The meeting had been called to protest against the Haryana Government’s alleged attempt to suppress the Maruti workers’ movement and to demand food security.

Several workers and trade union leaders, including CPI (M) Kaithal municipal councillor Prem Chand, were beaten up and arrested under attempt to murder and other charges on May 19 while they were marching towards the residence of Haryana Industries and Commerce Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala for a demonstration.

Mr. Sen, who is all-India general-secretary of Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), said the primary aim of the Central and State Governments now seemed to allow the Indian and foreign corporate houses opportunities to make huge profits.

Mr. Sen said peaceful movements of the labour and workers against this were being suppressed. Mr. Sen said the sum of Rs.4.82 lakh crore, which has been given in tax concession to the corporate groups, was enough to ensure free education and food security for all.

The Left leader said that attempts to suppress the movement of the Maruti workers had exposed how the Haryana Government was blatantly colluding with the business houses and using the July 18, 2012, incident at Maruti plant to perpetrate totally “illegal” acts of dismissal and prosecution of innocent workers.

Mr. Sen also met the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Kaithal, and lodged a strong protest over slapping of false cases against leaders and activists as well as beating and abusing of women union leaders by the male police personnel.

Accompanied by CITU State president Surender Singh, Kisan Sabha State president Phool Singh Sheokand and CPI (M) district secretary Kundan Lal, Mr. Sen demanded withdrawal of false police cases against those arrested on May 18 and 19 and action against guilty policemen including the SDO (Civil) who is reported to have slapped women protesters.