A 35-year-old Nigerian man allegedly died after jumping off a three storey building in Mumbai. Obyeka Anwanbukwa was said to be visiting a friend in the vast city when officers from the Pune Narcotics Control Bureau raided the property on Saturday evening.
Saifan Mujawar, an Inspector with Sangvi police station told reporters that Anwanbukwa jumped off the building after being interrogated regarding a drug racket.
Anwanbukwa initially survived the jump although he was said to have suffered severe injuries. Doctors reportedly assessed him and he was said to be OK, before complaining of uneasiness later in the day. Mr Anwanbukwa passed away during treatment at about midnight, according to reports by Indian Newspaper The Hindu.
“He tried to flee when asked about his involvement in drug peddling and jumped out of the window. He suffered injuries in the legs and other parts of the body and was immediately rushed to the Aundh District Hospital. After primary treatment, doctors declared him to be normal and the NCB team left for Mumbai with him. However, he complained of feeling unwell, following which he was brought back to the hospital, where he died during treatment around midnight, Mr Mujawar said.
The incident has prompted a fierce reaction from the Nigerian Students Union in Mumbai who have demanded a thorough investigation into the death.
“We want a thorough health examination to be done,” said Mr Bob Frany, vice president of the union in Pune.
“The copies of the autopsy report should be given to us and the Nigerian embassy,” said Frany.
There have been reports elsewhere about a Police witch-hunt of Nigerian students in the city with another student Zee Zulu telling the Times of India, “Cops should see to it that students are not harassed. At times, unnecessary searches were conducted at Nigerian students’ houses. If any one of us is found guilty, police should take action. But do not trouble innocent students.”
Mr Anwanbukwa is said to be from Lagos and is married to an Indian national.