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By A Newsman

Midnapore, 13 October: A tourist from Kolkata has been found hanging in a hotel at New Digha in East Midnapore. Police have identified him as Utpal Singh, 36, from Anandapur on EM Bypass in Kolkata.

He had checked into the hotel late this morning. Since Digha hotels do not provide rooms to single person, Singh duped the hotel staff saying that his cousin Pankaj Singh was accompanying him, but has gone to the beach to take a stroll. He made entries on the hotel register to this effect.

Later in the noon, a hotel staff went to Singh’s second floor room to ask whether he would like to order a meal. Despite repeated knocks and calls, the tourist did not open the door nor responded.

The hotel management at once called up Digha police station. Officer-in-charge Basuki Banerjee rushed in personally and the door was broken open to find that Singh was hanging from the ceiling fan.

Police have retrieved the dead body and sent it for post-mortem. Singh’s family has been sent out a word through Anandapur police station in Kolkata.