UK couple found dead in Agra hotel, another robbed in Varanasi

  • HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times, Agra/Varanasi
  • Updated: Oct 21, 2014 23:02 IST

A British couple was found dead in a hotel on Tuesday morning with medicines strewn all over the room, indicating drug overdose as the cause of deaths.

The deceased were identified as James Oliver Gaskell, 28, and Alexandra Nicole Louis Gaskell, 24. Authorities at the British Embassy in Delhi were informed about the incident.

Hotel staff said that the couple had checked in on Monday evening. “When the couple did not respond in the morning hours on Tuesday, their whereabouts where checked. They were later discovered dead in the room,” the hotel staff said.

The Tajganj police station was informed and the matter was referred to the tourism police station and the local intelligence unit (LIU). The bodies were later sent for post-mortem.

Couple robbed in Varanasi
A group of four men chased, grabbed and robbed a British couple near Manikarnika ghat in Varanasi on Wednesday. The couple, Patricia and Timothy Harrison, lodged a formal complaint with the tourism office and lodged a complaint with the district police chief as well.

The couple was part of a 13-member tourist group from the UK and Australia that went to the ghats at around 6.45am. Om Prakash Kushwaha, their guide was leading the group and Patricia who got busy clicking pictures was left behind. Taking advantage of the situation, the four men tried to intimidate her and grabbed her by the arm.

The trouble-makers demanded money from her for taking pictures. Patricia, who wasn’t carrying any cash, called out to Timothy. The men then snatched Rs 4,000 from him and tried to flee.

When the couple informed the guide about the incident, he in turn threatened the men with a plice complaint. The miscreants gave Rs 2,000 back and fled the scene.

"Harassment of foreign tourists at ghats has become a routine feature here," Kushwaha said.

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