An Afghan national was found unconscious in the swimming pool of a five-star hotel in Chanakyapuri last week. He regained consciousness on Tuesday and told police that he had fallen on bad times and did not have enough money to buy food.
He said he had gone to the hotel to sell his mobile phone so that he could arrange some money and buy a train ticket to go back home. But when he reached near the swimming pool, he felt dizzy and reportedly fell in it. Police said that they were still investigating whether there was any foul play involved in the case.
The incident was reported around 12 a.m. on Saturday. “We got a call from Samrat Hotel saying that a man was drowning in the swimming pool. He was rescued by the hotel staff and was rushed to Safdarjung Hospital,” said a senior police officer. When HT contacted the hotel, they refused to comment.
The man identified as Mohammad Wahi Shah (33) had come to India on a tourist visa. He is pursuing his MBBS degree from Afghanistan and had come to India on June 3. He stayed in Goa for a week and came to Delhi on June 8.
“He was living at a youth hostel in Chanakyapuri. When we asked him the sequence of events, he told us that he had gone to the hotel to sell his mobile phone with which he planned to buy a train ticket for Pakistan and from there he could have gone to Afghanistan,” said a senior police officer. Police said that Shah lay in the swimming pool for about fifteen minutes till he was rescued.
He was shifted to Moolchand Hospital on Sunday where he remained unconsciousness for about 36 hours. Doctors at the hospital said that he had developed “retrograde amnesia” and was not able to reconstruct the sequence of events. Police said that they were still investigating the case. The man tested negative for alcohol or any kind of substance abuse.