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Riddle as Irish tourist dies in Mumbai street

POLICE in India are investigating the death of an Irish citizen in the south of Mumbai.

Dublin man Thomas Bolger (58) was found dead in the early hours of Sunday morning, almost two weeks after he arrived in the Asian country.

A post mortem carried out locally proved inconclusive, and police have registered a case of 'unnatural death'.

However, it is understood that local authorities do not believe that there was foul play as there were no signs of injury.

Assistant commissioner of police, from the Mumbai-Azad Maidan division, Shashikant Satav, said that officers received a call from witnesses at 1.35am.

They rushed to the scene where they found Mr Bolger lying unconscious near the historic Chhatrapati Shivaji railway station, also known as the Victoria Terminus.

Mr Bolger was taken to St George's Hospital where he was declared dead.

"Inquiries have revealed that Bolger was seen walking unsteadily, and he finally sat on the pavement across the street from Anubhavan Hotel.



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"He then lay on the pavement. When he did not get up for a very long time, people called the police control room," senior police inspector Padmakar Juikar said.

"There was no external injury or mark on his body," Mr Satav added.

According to the assistant commissioner, Mr Bolger had come to Mumbai on September 20 and was staying in the nearby three-star Diplomat Hotel.

Police are seeking information on Mr Bolger's previous whereabouts and the purpose of his trip to Mumbai.

"Bolger was staying alone," Mr Satav said. "We have asked the hotel and the Irish Consulate to give us his details and background.

"He was a foreign national, so we have to investigate all angles."

The Department of Foreign Affairs have confirmed to the Herald that there are providing consular assistance to Mr Bolger's next of kin. It is not known if Mr Bolger was married or if he had any children.

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