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Maharashtra: Man dies in Kalyan after falling into drain, police probe assault

The police has registered a case of accidental death and is awaiting the post-mortem report to establish whether Gupta died because of the fall or if he was attacked by residents in the lane.

Written by Srinath Rao | Thane | Updated: April 24, 2020 3:14:10 pm
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A 34-year-old man died in mysterious circumstances in Kalyan on Thursday, hours after returning home from a grocery shop. The police is probing whether he was attacked on his way home.

The deceased, Ganesh Gupta, had left his home in Khadakpda in the morning to buy essential supplies. On the way back, he panicked after seeing a police check-point and diverted his bicycle to another route via a lane, to avoid being caught.

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Thane Police PRO, Inspector Sukhada Narkar, said that residents living in the lane asked him why he was out during the lockdown. “The deceased tried to move ahead but he was surrounded by locals. When he rode his bicycle further, he fell into a drain and injured his head. However, cleaned himself and went home,” said Narkar.

Two hours later, however, Gupta felt uneasy when the pain in his head, sustained while falling into the drain, did not subside. “His brother rushed him to a hospital nearby where he soon passed away,” said Narkar.

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The police has registered a case of accidental death and is awaiting the post-mortem report to establish whether Gupta died because of the fall or if he was attacked by residents in the lane. The police is also scanning CCTV footage, in which Gupta is seen surrounded by people living in the lane and asked where he was going.

V. M. Pansare, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone III, said that in inquiry into Gupta’s death is underway.

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