2nd Russian tourist dies, 'mentally disturbed' by friend's death: Hotel owner
Pavel's death comes two days after the mysterious death of his party colleague, Vladimir Budanov, 61, who was also found dead in a hotel in Odisha's Rayagada.
Odisha police are probing the death of Russian lawmaker and philanthropist Pavel Antov days after another Russian tourist from the same group was found dead in a hotel in the Rayagada district. Antov, a sausage multi-millionaire and elected politician, had criticised Putin’s invasion of Ukraine as “terror”, according to media reports. Antov was on vacation in the Rayagada region of Odisha where he was celebrating his 66th birthday.
Vivekananda Sharma, superintendent of police, Rayagada, said that B Vladimir died last Thursday after he suffered a heart stroke. Pavel Antov, who was staying as roommate of Vladimir, died Sunday after falling from the third floor and an investigation is underway to find whether it was a suicide or an accident, according to police.
Sharma said that Antovwas depressed due to Vladimir's death.
“Four people came to stay in a hotel in Rayagada on December 21. On December 22 morning, one of them (B Vladimir) died. After post-mortem, it was found that he suffered a heart stroke, died and was cremated. His friend, (Pavel Antov) was depressed after his death and he too died on December 25,” ANI quoted Sharma as saying.
“A probe is being done to find if he (Pavel Antov) died by suicide or he accidentally fell from the terrace.”
The hotel owner said that Antov was "mentally disturbed after his cremation."
“First tourist was found unconscious, after medical examination he was found dead. Second tourist was mentally disturbed after his friend's cremation, he was found lying on hotel premises. When taken to hospital, he was found dead,” ANI quoted the owner as saying.
"On 21st four people came to stay in our hotel, two of them died while two are still here. We are waiting for their documents from Russian Embassy. They will leave,"
Jitendra Singh, the guide of Russian Tourists, told news agency ANI that 61-year-old B Vladimir was ill and was found lying unconscious on Thursday morning.
“He (B Vladimir) might have consumed a lot of alcohol as he had liquor bottles. He was a heart patient and had medicines with him. His other friend too was drinking,” Singh added.
The hotel receptionist said the Russian tourists along with their travel agent checked in at around 4.30pm on December 21. The tourists were drunk and had liquor bottles with them, he added.
“One of them (B Vladimir) died in the night,” Bijaya Kumar Swain, hotel receptionist said, adding that he was staying in Room 203 with Pavel Antov.
“After that deceased's friend and roommate Pavel Antov died. We don't know if he committed suicide or fell from the third floor."
(With ANI inputs)