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Nigerian national dies mysteriously in India

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Corpse in_MorgueA 28-year-old Nigerian national, who was out partying with his friends in the city, died under mysterious circumstances in the wee hours of Saturday. The deceased was identified as Mbamara Chidera Festus, a resident of Mumbai.

Senior inspector of the Wanowrie police station Bajirao Mohite said Festus was rushed to a private hospital in Fatimanagar by his friends after he started feeling dizzy around 4 am. Mohite said doctors at the hospital declared Festus dead on arrival. Sensing trouble, his friends fled without informing the police about his death.

The police swung into action after they received information about the foreign national's death from the hospital authorities. Initially, the identity of the deceased could not be ascertained, Mohite said. The police checked places in the city which are frequented by African nationals, like hotels and restaurants in Wanowrie, Pune Camp and Bund Garden areas to find out the identity of the deceased and the others whose images were caught by the CCTV camera installed at the hospital. Photographs of the deceased were also circulated at all police stations.

After examining the CCTV footage of one of the restaurants on M G Road, the Pune Cantonment police identified Festus. Examination of the images revealed that no incident had taken place inside or outside the restaurant. The police questioned security guards and liftmen of several restaurants and autorickshaw drivers operating on M G Road to find out whether Festus was beaten up. Investigations revealed that no such incident had taken place in the Pune Cantonment area.

Later, the Wanowrie police traced the car used for taking Festus to the hospital to a housing society on NIBM Road in Kondhwa. From residents of the society, the police came to know about one his friends, identified as Chukwuma, who had accompanied Festus to the hospital. Chukwuma told the police on the phone from Mumbai that he had taken Festus to the hospital after he fainted during a party and gave details about the deceased.

Chukwuma told the police that he was scared and had left for Mumbai after the doctors declared Festus dead at the hospital. "We will be recording Chukwuma's statement. He will be reaching Pune with the passport of the deceased late on Saturday night," Mohite said.

The post-mortem report from the Sassoon hospital stated that there was no injury found on Festus's body. The viscera has been preserved to ascertain the cause of death. The police have registered a case of accidental death.


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