Man on quarantine dies in Chennai star hotel

Chennai: A man who had come from Singapore and quarantined at a five-star hotel on Anna Salai in Teynampet was found dead in his room.

According to the police, Sundaravel Rajendran (41) of Cuddalore took a room on 25 June. He arrived from Singapore on a Silk Air flight. He had contacted his wife Chandrika after arriving in the city and remained unreachable after that.

Police said, Sundaravel had taken a Covid-19 test and the result had come as negative. He was supposed to take another test on 29 June, police said.

In a video, Chandrika had said that she was desperately trying to reach her husband. She even approached the local police regarding the issue and had received a message from the hotel that her husband had checked in for institutional quarantine and had given her number as a contact person.

Police said the hotel grew suspicious as Sundaravel was not taking the food kept outside for him.

But the staff over-looked it, as customers also order food from outside. Later, when they opened the door using a master key on 29 June as he had a covid-19 test scheduled, they found him dead in the bathroom.

Police said his body was decomposed and he is suspected to have died of a heart attack. His body was sent for post mortem to Omandurar Government Hospital. Further inquiries are underway.


NT Bureau