Nath condemns CEO killing in Greater Noida

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New Delhi, Sept 24 (UNI) Responding to industry's strong reaction to the killing of CEO and Managing Director of Graziano Transmission Lalit Kumar Choudhary in Delhi's satellite town of Greater Noida on Monday, Commerce and Industry Minister Kamal Nath today described the ''terrible incident'' as ''very unfortunate'' and strongly condemned it.

In a statement, he said legal course will be followed and all culprits will be brought to book.

''This stray tragic occurrence would not be allowed to mar India's position as an investment-friendly destination where our states compete with each other to be investor-friendly,'' he added.

Indian industrial associations, in one voice, yesterday said the lynching of Choudhary would sully the country's image among overseas investors.

The violence, Mr Kamal Nath said, is completely at variance from the Indian culture and tradition of peace, adding ''labour unrest has abundant legal forms of expression as also the pursuance of grievances.'' Mr Kamal Nath's reaction is, however, in variance with Labour Minister Oscar Fernandes holding ''simmering discontent'' among wokers the reason for the killing of the CEO.

Describing it as a ''warning'' to managements, Mr Fernandes asked them not to ''push'' the employees ''so hard'' that they resort to such action.

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