AN Irish man has died in India and it is suspected his drink may have been spiked.
Brendan Devenney (24) was discovered in a budget Mumbai hotel room on Tuesday by staff and rushed to the nearby Cooper Hospital. He was travelling home for Christmas at the time.
The backpacker, from Mullingar in Westmeath, had checked into the budget accommodation, near the main airport in the city on Monday.
It is understood that he was due to catch a flight to Goa for the last leg of his trip home.
However, he was discovered in his hotel room when staff realised that he had not checked out. He was rushed to the emergency ward but declared dead on arrival.
A local politician, named Nicholas Almeida, has raised the issue and warned that murder must not be ruled out, over fears that the drink was spiked.
“There are several hotels on the Sahar airport route that either run illegally or without a proper police verification or permission,” he said.
“Brendan lost consciousness after consuming alcohol and we suspect it may have been spiked.
“The police should conduct a proper probe instead of taking the matter lightly,” he told local paper, Times of India. “We demand a thorough investigation because it seems to be a murder case,” Mr Almeida added.
The Department of Foreign Affairs is providing consular assistant to Mr Devenney’s devastated family.