Tuesday, October 21, 2014

India: British Couple in 20s Found Dead, Overdose Suspected, Other UK Couple Robbed

According to The Hindustan Times, a British couple was found dead in a hotel on Tuesday (October 21) with medications strewn about the guest-room, suggesting a drug overdoes as cause of death.  
The decedents were identified as James Oliver Gaskell, 28, and Alexandra Nicole Louis Gaskell, 24. Authorities at the British Embassy in the capital were notified.

Hotel staff said that the couple had checked in on Monday evening (October 20). “When the couple did not respond in the morning on Tuesday (October 21), they were discovered dead in the their guest-room,” hotel staff said.

The Tajganj police station was informed and the matter was referred to the tourism police station and the local intelligence unit (LIU). Autopsies were ordered how both of the decedents.

In a related development, another British couple were chased, grabbed and robbed near near Manikarnika on Wednesday (October 22). 

The couple, Patricia and Timothy Harrison, lodged a formal complaint with the tourism office and lodged a complaint with the district police chief as well.

The Harrisons were part of a thirteen-member tourist group from the UK and Australia that went touring at approximately 0645 hours in the morning. Om Prakash Kushwaha, their guide was leading the group and Patricia who was delayed as she became preoccupied while taking photos. Her delay resulted in her being accosted by four assailants. 

COMMENT: According to the below link to the Australian Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, which I prefer to those of other nations simply because DFAT offers definitive guidance to travelers that fall into one of four every distinct categories:

Exercise normal safety precautions

Exercise a high degree of caution

Reconsider your need to travel


In addition to checking the appropriate website of your own foreign affairs agency, I strongly suggest that all travelers that you examine the websites of other foreign ministries that speak your first language or perhaps others that you know as a basis of comparison:

http://www.fco.gov.uk (United Kingdom)
http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en (France)

http://www.http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en (Germany)
http://www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca (Canada)
https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/a-z-list-of-countries/spain (España)
http://www.smarttraveller.gov.au (Australia)
I personally prefer smarttraveller, largely because it delineates concrete advice for every country based upon four distinctive qualifiers, which places responsibility for travel options squarely on the shoulders of individual travelers who either adhere to or fail to adhere to security cautions: 

Exercise normal safety precautions
Exercise a high degree of caution
Reconsider your need to travel

In India's case, criminality and violence, particularly the rape and sexual assault of solo women, can be found throughout India.

At the moment, those foreigners traveling to India are urged to:

Exercise a high degree of caution
which should be interpreted as a high risk of being victimized.

Those not interested in being victimized, I urge them to consider travel to a safer destination. 

Please go to: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au 

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