Mumbai: In scorching heat, hundreds of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) activists Friday took out a protest march from Pawai to Shivaji Park Police Station demanding arrest of the culprits responsible for the death of the 17-year-old boy in a local remand home.
Holding placards, the MIM activists led by Haji Abdul Hamid and Shanul Sayed and accompanied by the family members of Amir Jameel Ahmed - the 17-year-old teen, demanded speedy investigation in the case and justice to the victim.
Amir Jameel Ahmed succumbed to injuries sustained when he was allegedly assaulted by fellow inmates at the Matunga remand home earlier this month.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Mahesh Patil while assuring fair and transparent investigation in the case said the case is looked into with top priority.
Amir Ahmed, who died at Nair Hospital on Thursday, is a resident of Powai. He was arrested for theft in April. Later, he was produced in a juvenile court and sent to the remand home in Matunga.
Qouting family members Hindustan Times reported that, on May 17, other inmates demanded drugs and alcohol from Amir Ahmed. They then beat him all over his body with bats, bamboo sticks and iron rods.
They said no one at the remand home administered first aid or took Amir to hospital. The family found out about Amir’s condition only when he came home after being granted bail on May 20.
Amir was taken to Rajawadi hospital after he complained of pain. He was later shifted to Nair hospital, where his condition deteriorated and he died.
TV news channels reported that Ahmed told police before his death that he was also sodomised.
Meanwhile, MIM President and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi has directed the party activists in Mumbai to take the case to its logical conclusion so that the victims get justice.