Murder suspected in death of Indian man

POLICE in northern Chiang Mai city suspect that an Indian man who was found dead at a hotel was poisoned by a Thai woman he brought along with him and are now hunting for her, reported today (August 21, 2018).

Pol Capt Monrissa Boonkam, deputy investigator at Chiang Mai police station, together with the duty doctor from Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital and forensic officials went to check the body of Mr Tariq Batt Ahmad, a 45-year-old an Indian national, at room number 304 of a hotel in the city center.

There they found him lying supine on the bed with foam around his mouth and determined that he had died around 12 hours earlier. At the bedside was an empty cup of coffee and a wallet with his identification papers and 50 baht in it, but no other valuables.

Hotel staff told police that Ahmad had had checked into the hotel together with a Thai woman at 6 p.m. on Sunday August 19. At 7 p.m. this woman called and ordered a cup of coffee and bread and jam, which was taken to the room and given to her.

As he had not checked out, the hotel manager told the housekeeper to open the room with the spare key and upon doing so she found lying dead on the bed, and no sign of the Thai woman.

Police suspect that the Thai woman who came with him laced the coffee with poison and then stole his belongings.

Officials have sent his body to the forensic department of this hospital for an autopsy and taken the coffee cup to check the residue while also hunting for the woman who accompanied him.

They will be informing the Indian embassy to notify his relatives.


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