Maruti to restart riot-hit Manesar plant on Aug 21

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Maruti Suzuki, India's largest car maker, will restart production at its Manesar factory on August 21, more than a month after a deadly riot shut the plant, costing the company tens of millions of dollars in lost output.

Maruti Suzuki chairman R.C. Bhargava said the contract workers will not work in production line in Manesar; and the company has fired 500 permanent workers based on initial investigations.

The 550,000 vehicles-a-year factory in Manesar in north India, where the unit of Japan's Suzuki Motor Corp makes its best-selling Swift hatchback, has been idle since the July 18 clash between workers and management.

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