NRI falls to death from ho­tel’s ter­race, no foul play sus­pected

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - Gurugram / Delhi - Karn Pratap Singh karn.singh@hin­dus­tan­ ■

A 48-year-old non-res­i­dent In­dian (NRI), set­tled in the United States with his fam­ily, died af­ter ‘mys­te­ri­ously’ fall­ing from the sec­ond floor ter­race gar­den of Taj Mans­ingh Ho­tel in Lu­tyens’ Delhi on Wed­nes­day. The in­ci­dent took place al­most 10 hours af­ter he checked into the ho­tel af­ter fly­ing into the city from the United States, po­lice said.

Po­lice sus­pect the man, iden­ti­fied as Man­galam Naren­dra, was drunk and was look­ing for a place to uri­nate when he went to the ter­race gar­den and ‘ac­ci­den­tally’ fell from one of the edges of the lawn around noon. The ho­tel staff spot­ted him in an in­jured con­di­tion around 11.30 pm — al­most 12 hours af­ter the in­ci­dent.

Rul­ing out the pos­si­bil­ity of foul play, po­lice said CCTV cam­era footage shows that the man was alone on the ter­race gar­den when the in­ci­dent took place. His ear­phones were found on the over­hang be­low the ter­race gar­den. Po­lice sus­pect Naren­dra was try­ing to save his ear­phones from slip­ping off his hands when he lost his bal­ance and fell to his death.

“There has been an un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dent and we ex­tend our deep con­do­lences to the fam­ily. We are co­op­er­at­ing with the au­thor­i­ties and ex­tend­ing our full sup­port,” read a state­ment is­sued by a spokesper­son on be­half of the In­dian Ho­tels Com­pany Lim­ited (IHCL).

Deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (New Delhi) Mad­hur Verma said an elec­tri­cian at the ho­tel was go­ing to check the elec­tric chan­nel when he spot­ted the guest ly­ing in­jured and un­con­scious on the ground.

The elec­tri­cian told the ho­tel’s se­cu­rity staff, who, in turn, in­formed po­lice about the in­ci­dent. The in­jured man was rushed to a nearby hos­pi­tal, where he was de­clared brought dead, said the DCP.

“There is no eye­wit­ness to the in­ci­dent. We scanned the footage sev­eral cam­eras but ex­cept Naren­dra no­body is seen en­ter­ing the ter­race gar­den half an hour be­fore or af­ter the in­ci­dent. No case has been reg­is­tered. An in­quest pro­ceed­ing un­der Sec­tion 174 of CrPC has been ini­ti­ated,” said DCP Verma.

A po­lice of­fi­cer said Naren­dra had checked into the ho­tel around 2 am on Wed­nes­day, even though he had booked a room from Tues­day. The CCTV footage of the floor shows him lock­ing the door of his room and walk­ing along the cor­ri­dor.

“The footage shows Naren­dra tak­ing the stair­case to come down. He reached the sec­ond floor where the stair­case ended. His move­ments hinted that he was ur­gently look­ing for a bath­room to uri­nate.

Naren­dra then tried us­ing the lift, but since it was busy he did not wait for it. He is then seen go­ing to­wards the ter­race gar­den,” said the of­fi­cer.

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