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Indian Police to Coordinate with Nepalese Police on Investigating Death of Eight Tourists - Minister

New Delhi (Sputnik): Fifteen Indian tourists had booked two rooms at the Panorama Resort at Daman in Nepal’s Makwanpur district late on Monday night. Eight of them, four adults and four children, were found unconscious and later pronounced dead by doctors at a hospital in Kathmandu.

The Tourism Minister of the southern Indian state of Kerala said on Tuesday that instructions have been issued to the police chief of the state to contact his Nepal Police counterpart and coordinate with them to bring home the bodies of the deceased tourists.

Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. Subrahmaniam Jaishankar expressed distress over the tragic news and added that officials from the Indian Mission in Nepal were providing necessary assistance at the hospital.  

The eight Indians were initially found unconscious at a resort in Makwanpur district on Tuesday morning. They were airlifted to the Hams Hospital in Kathmandu, where doctors pronounced them dead.

Police in Makwanpur said resort staff had contacted them as soon as they discovered the Indian tourists unconscious in their room. Police said the victims had been unconscious due to asphyxiation.

Police said, the tourists might have used gas heaters to warm their room, which could have suffocated them to death, adding that the incident was being investigated.

Netizens took to social media to express their shock over the incident and extended condolences to the bereaved families.

Daman is a popular destination among tourists and about 111 kilometres from the Nepal-India border town of Raxaul.

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