A 28-year-old Nigerian has died at an Indian hospital after an alcohol overdose.
The man identified as Mbamara Chideara Festus by an Indian news portal PuneMirror was dropped off at Inamdar Hospital by a group of seven persons who fled the scene immediately. He died few minutes after he was dropped at the hospital.
According to a post-mortem conducted at Sassoon General Hospital, Festus died of alcohol overdose after a party at Hotel Shalimar, Kondhwa.
After he fell unconscious, seven of his friends — five men and two women — dropped him off at the hospital in a Swift and left immediately. He was declared dead minutes later.
A guard at the hospital who wrote down the registration number of the car helped the Wanowrie police to track it down in Kondhwa. Senior police inspector B D Mohite who is in charge of Wanowrie police station said, “As per primary information, Festus is from Mumbai, and originally from Nigeria.
“His friends are students in Mumbai, mostly from Nigeria as well. They had all come to Pune on Friday to attend a party at Hotel Shalimar in Kondhwa. It looks like he may drunk beyond his limits and then faced its ill-effects.”
“We established contact with his friends in Mumbai. They came to Pune in two separate cars at the invitation of one of their friends here. While partying, Festus suddenly collapsed.
“One of his friends, identified as Chukwuma took him to the hospital, along with six others. While treating him, doctors declared him dead. On hearing this, his friends panicked, thinking they might get into trouble with the police, especially since they did not have their passports with them. They left the hospital at once and got in touch with us only after they got back to Mumbai,” Mohite said.
Mohite further said that, as per the post-mortem report, Festus had no external or internal injuries. The report states that the details of the cause of death have been kept confidential. “However it is part of the investigation as to whether any other narcotic substances were used,” Mohite said.
Administrative officer of Inamdar Multispeciality Hospital, Sunil Date said, “Around 3:15 am, around 7 to 8 people came in two cars. They took the patient to the Casualties ward, then left in a hurry. He was in a very bad state. When doctors took him and checked his ECG, they found he was already dead.”
“Our security guards chased the car and noted the registration number, which we then handed over to the police. Since the death occurred before we could treat him, we do not know the exact cause. We have already given the police CDs of our CCV footage to help them in their investigation,” Date said.