Bangalore: The violence in Maruti Suzuki's Manesar plant will send a "very wrong message" to the world on the industrial climate in the region, Corporate Affairs Minister M Veerappa Moily said on Saturday.
Noting that violence cannot be justified at all, he said Manesar and Gurgaon in Haryana are known to be "fertile grounds" for industrialisation and many units had come up in those areas.
"That (the violence) will send a very wrong message to the entire world. That's why the state government will have to ensure that the rule of law is absolutely enforced without any hesitation," Moily said.
When asked what the Centre can do in this case, he said law and order is a state subject. "They (the state government) need to act upon. They should have taken some more precautions."
Earlier on Saturday, Maruti Suzuki declared a lockout at the violence-hit plant, stating it cannot risk life and safety of its employees.
"There is now a lockout. To me, what is more important is safety of my colleagues than producing some cars to make some money," Maruti Suzuki India Chairman R C Bhargava said.