The city police have arrested a youth in connection with the drug overdose death of his friend near Poonthura last month. Circle Inspector, Poonthura, C.S. Vinod, identified the accused as Hashim. He said Hashim and his friend Shafik, an accused in three murder cases in Fort police subdivision, regularly injected heroin and shared needles. On March 22, they met at Shafik’s place and both of them shared heroin from the same syringe. According to the statement of the wife of Shafik, her husband died shortly after Hashim gave him an injection. The police said Shafik had died of heroin overdose. They said Hashim had no intention of killing his friend. The police booked him on the charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. He was produced before the court and remanded in judicial custody.

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