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A Maldivian man died in Sri Lanka on Wednesday night after falling off from the 18th floor of the Jaik Hilton Hotel.
Local media identified the victim as Mohamed Midhushah, 37, who traveled to the country on May 12.
According to local news website Sun Online, Sri Lankan police have decided to conduct a post mortem to find the cause of death.
The officials of the hotel said the incident took place around 3:45am in the morning.
The hotel officials also said that Midhushah had fallen into the compound area of the hotel, and that the Slave Island Police station was investigating the matter.
In an interview given to the website, Inspector Ariya Singha from the Slave Island Police station said that at the time of the incident there were nine other people in the apartment including three foreign women: one from Madagascar and two from Sri Lanka.
The inspector also said that police had found a lot of alcohol bottles in the apartment, and that the occupants had been partying when the incident occurred.
He also said that according to the suspects, the incident was believed to have happened after Midhushah went to the balcony for a smoke.
“Witnesses said Midhushah went to the balcony only with a cigarette. They had been partying until it was very late. We found bottles of alcohol inside the premises,” he said.
He also said that the people on the balcony only found out what had happened after they noticed that he was not inside the apartment, and while searching for him they saw lot of people gathered in front of the hotel where they found Midhushah lying on the ground.
Inspector Singha said that Midhushah was dead when he was taken to the hospital, and that the Colombo National Hospital had confirmed his death upon arrival to the hospital.
He further added that the case is being investigated and preparations are underway to conduct a post mortem in the presence of the deceased’s family.
According to the media, Midhushah’s family had already flown to Colombo for the post mortem.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also confirmed of a death of a Maldivian abroad but refused to reveal any further details.
Minivan News was unable to contact the family of the deceased.