A 40-year-old dentist was found dead under mysterious circumstances in the premises of a hotel in South Delhi on Friday.

Dr. Suhas S. Godhi, putting up at Hotel Iris Park in Safdarjang Enclave here, was found lying in a pool of blood on its premises around 3-30 a.m. He was first noticed by a hotel employee who alerted his seniors and the matter was later reported to the police. The police took him to All-India Institute of Medical Sciences where he was declared brought dead.

Dr. Godhi, who was staying in a room on the fourth floor of the hotel, was last seen strolling in the hotel lobby outside his room around 1-30 a.m. Sources said the closed-circuit television camera footage shows that the dentist opened the emergency exit on the floor to go downstairs. It is suspected that he fell to his death after losing balance on the stairs of the emergency exit.

The police said the post-mortem report was awaited to ascertain the cause of death.

The body was handed over to the kin of the deceased after the post-mortem at AIIMS.

Dr. Godhi, who was a professor at ITS Dental College in Modi Nagar in Uttar Pradesh, had come to Delhi to take part in the 36 {+t} {+h} Annual Conference of Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons of India at India Habitat Centre from November 23 to 26. The Organising Chairman of the conference, Dhirendra Srivastava, said: “He had come to Delhi on November 24 and got himself registered for the conference. We came to know about his death in the morning today. It is very unfortunate.”

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