Malegaon: An industrialist, allegedly assaulted by some 'activists' who claimed to be fighting against pollution in Malegaon about a week ago, died in the morning on Monday. Police have registered a case of accidental death and sent his dead body to Dhule for post-mortem.
"We have registered a case of accidental death and sent the dead body of Akhlaque Ahmed for post-mortem to Dhule", Police Inspector of Pawarwadi Police Station Thakurdwar said while talking to ummid.com.
Inspector Thakurdwar also said that Akhlaque Ahmed (43), owner of Globes Sizing Works, had lodged a complaint with the Pawarwadi Police Station accusing that he was assaulted by Asif Yusuf Abdullah and his brothers on Monday March 28, 2016 late in the night.
While talking to ummid.com, Dr. Faisal Sulaiman, who was present during the post mortem at Malegaon General Hospital, said it was decided by the doctors including Additional Civil Surgeon Dr. Hemant Dange, to send the dead body of Akhlaque Ahmed to Dhule Civil Hospital since the Forensic Department of the Malegaon General Hospital was not equipped for the task.
"The post mortem of the body was conducted at the Malegaon General Hospital. But, we could not detect the exact cause of death. Since there was a history of assault and also a police compliant. it was decided to send the dead body to Dhule Civil Hospital", Dr. Faisal said.
He also said that Akhlaque Ahmed had fracture in one leg.
According to Akhlaqu Ahmed's neighbors, Asif Abdullah along with 3-4 people had barged in the Globes Sizing on March 28, at about 01:30 am and assaulted Akhlaque Ahmed, leaving him with a fractured leg. It is also alleged that they had threatened Akhlaque Ahmed and the labourers of the sizing.
However, Asif Abdullah, though admitted that they had gone to Globes Sizing Works on the said night, denied beating or assaulting Akhlaque Ahmed.
"It is not true that my brothers or I had assaulted Akhlaque Ahmed or anyone else. We believe in peaceful means and were fighting peacefully for a just cause", he said while talking to ummid.com.
Asif Abdullah and his brothers, who reside near Globes Sizing Works, are running a campaign against pollution in Malegaon with the help of like-minded citizens. They were especially concerned because sizing owners in Malegaon are allegedly using plastic and other wastes in sizing boilers.
About a week ago they had also called a press conference and warned the sizing owners of legal action if they did not stop using hazardous materials.
Meanwhile, Akhlaque Ahmed's dead body has been shifted to Dhule Civil Hospital. But, the post-mortem will be conducted on Tuesday.
"The post-mortem will be conducted tomorrow morning in the presence of local authorities", a family friend said.