THE family of a former Foxconn worker who died Saturday raised doubts over the cause of his death yesterday, citing what they said were suspicious circumstances.
A forensic examination failed to verify the cause of Ma Xiangqian’s death, and an autopsy was required, according to yesterday’s Chinese-language newspapers.
Ma Hui, Ma Xiangqian’s sister, said Tuesday that her family had found suspicious wounds and bruises on Ma’s body at the Shenzhen Funeral Parlor.
“We found a big bump measuring 3.5 centimeters in diameter on the back of his head and four dark scars on the top of his head. There were also bruises on his elbows, chest, feet and forehead. A fragment of metal was in his shoulder, too. These might have been caused by a beating,” said Ma Hui, 26, a native of Henan Province who works in a factory in Dongguan, Guangdong Province.
Officers at Songyuan Police Station in Bao’an District confirmed they had found suspicious injuries on Ma’s body, but they had not yet come to any conclusions.
Officials with the Bao’an public security subbureau said that Ma’s family could apply for an autopsy if they had doubts regarding the previous examination.
The family also doubted the company’s explanation for Ma Xiangqian’s absence from work for two days. “My brother worked very hard and had never been late for work before. He told me he was always half an hour early for his shift. It is impossible that he would have been absent from work for two days without giving notice,” Ma Hui said.
Ma Hui also alleges that an unnamed roommate told her that he saw Ma go to work Friday night, contradicting the account of Sun Cheng, a manager.
Ma Xiangqian, 19, was found lying near the stairway of a company dormitory in Guanlan Subdistrict, Bao’an District, at 4:30 a.m. Saturday. An initial police investigation suggested death by natural causes.
The company offered a 500,000-yuan reward for information regarding the death Tuesday in the hope of ascertaining the cause of Ma’s death. (Wang Yuanyuan)