Rasiklal Manikchand Dhariwal, an industrialist, and chairperson of the Manikchand Group died on Tuesday evening at Ruby Hall Clinic, Pune. He was 78 and died of pneumonia and multi-organ failure.
Dhariwal was admitted to the hospital on September 4th, as he was diagnosed with parotid cancer a year ago and has been on treatment ever since at HCG cancer hospital in Bengaluru and Ruby Hall Clinic in Pune.
He was popularly known as the "gutkha baron" and hails from a small town of Shirur in Pune district.
Later, he successfully transformed this into the Manikchand Group of businesses, which deals with chewable tobacco and gutkha.
He had also established a textile factory at Ahmednagar, ventured into many other industries like pan masala, mouth fresheners, electrical switches, packaged water, and real estate. He was also politically very active.
Dr. Purvez Grant, chairman and chief cardiologist of Ruby Hall, said, "Dhariwal was not keeping well for a long time. Owing to his old age, he could not recover from the infections in his body. He died because of pneumonia and multi-organ failure after a prolonged illness."
He is survived by his wife Shobha, four daughters and a son.