A 35-year-old Nigerian national, who was trying to evade arrest as sleuths from Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) trailed him, jumped off the third floor of a building in Pimple Gurav and succumbed to his injuries a few hours later. He was hiding in the Aksharbhavan Society building at Bhau Nagar in Sangvi when the NCB team reached there Saturday around 8.30 pm.
According to the Sangvi police, Obyanka Anwanbukwa was wanted by the NCB in connection with a case of drug peddling.
Senior inspector Saifan Mujavar said: “We have come to know that Obyanka used to stay in Kharghar in Mumbai with an Indian woman. He had come to Pune a few days ago in a bid to evade arrest by the NCB. He had taken a flat on rent in the building where the incident took place. As the NCB team reached the apartment on the third floor, he jumped off the window. He fell on the ground where there was some grass. He was then taken to Aundh hospital by the NCB personnel and was discharged after treatment.”
His condition apparently deteriorated when the NCB team was taking him with it.
“He was admitted to the hospital again. He died during treatment around 13.30 am on Sunday. As the death had occurred in the custody of NCB, an autopsy was carried out in the presence of a tehsildar and the viscera has been preserved for chemical analysis,” said Mujavar.
The police said they had asked the NCB about the nature of offences registered against him. “As this was a death in custody, we have informed the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) asking for an inquiry,” he added.
Some Nigerian nationals who had gathered at the hospital demanded a thorough investigation in the case and insisted that the role of the NCB be investigated.