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Mahatma's grandson found dead

Ramchandra Gandhi

Ramchandra Gandhi  

Staff Reporter

`He had shifted to IIC as he was not feeling comfortable in his house because of heat'

No external injury marks foundHe was unable to bear the heat: Rajmohan Gandhi

Ramchandra Gandhi, 70-year-old grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, was found dead in a guestroom at the India International Centre (IIC) here on Wednesday.

The police said they were awaiting the post-mortem report.

Professor Gandhi was a resident of Central Lane in Bengali Market. Unable to bear the intense heat in the past few days, he had checked into Room No. 15 on Sunday, a day after he celebrated his 70th birthday with his daughter, relatives and friends.

Around 10 a.m. on Wednesday, when a room service attendant knocked the door, there was no response. IIC officials immediately alerted the police. When the door was broken open, Professor Gandhi was found dead on the bathroom floor. There were no apparent external injury marks on his body.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Anand Mohan said inquest proceedings had been initiated. A forensic team lifted fingerprints and gathered other evidence from the room.

Statements recorded

The police recorded the statements of some IIC staff members. One of them told the police that some friends of Professor Gandhi visited him on Tuesday and he was all right then.

Professor Ramchandra Gandhi's brother Rajmohan Gandhi and his friends rushed to the IIC.

"He was not feeling comfortable in his house because of the heat and frequent power cuts. That's why he checked into the IIC," his brother said.

Professor Gandhi's daughter Leela lives in Puducherry.

He taught philosophy at various colleges in the United Kingdom, the United States, Hyderabad, Shantiniketan and Punjab. He has authored many books and produced several plays.

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