Instead, 30 acres were granted to Matsyodari Shiksan Sanstha group in 2003-04, to start a military school. This Sanstha is run by the family of Rajesh Tope, NCP MLA from Jalna, and Minister of Higher Education. Headed by his father Ankush Tope, Matsyodari Shiksan Sanstha runs 21 private schools and colleges in Jalna. Government of Maharashtra has given this trust over 130 acres of public land to run their private education business.
Nikalje continued his fight for the plot for the Buddha Vihar. They tried to bribe him, and when that failed, he was threatened and attacked six times but he did not give up his fight. On the fateful day in January this year he went for a meeting with Ankush Tope at his residence and was allegedly forced to have tea during the otherwise fruitless discussions.
As soon as he left the premises, he started vomiting and was admitted to the government hospital. The treatment given allegedly was very casual and it was said that they did not have doctors competent enough to treat poisoning cases. Yet he was not transferred to Aurangabad hospital. He died at the Jalna Hospital and immediately after his death the police and administration swung into action. His body was sent to Aurangabad for post mortem late in the evening. In the dead of the night his funeral rites were performed by the police in the presence of handful family members who were allegedly warned not to alert family and friends.
It is a sad state of the nation that no one has the courage to stand up for the last man; politicians are all powerful and build their empires on the blood and toil of the poorest.
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