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Tourist slips while getting into the car and dies

Gangtok, May 26: A 57-year-old tourist from Mumbai, who had come to Sikkim yesterday, died today after he fell 90 feet below as he slipped while trying to board a vehicle which was parked on the edge of a hill.

Dilip Gowariker, a businessman and a resident of Thane in Mumbai died on the spot. He had severe head injuries.

The Tikjuk policestation was immediately informed and the policemen took the deceased’s body to the district hospital in Geyzing.

“A post-mortem was conducted and the body was handed over to the family members in the evening. A case of unnatural death has been registered at Tikjuk police station,” said a police source.

Gowariker had come to Sikkim with his wife, two daughters, mother, brother and sister-in-law yesterday. They were staying in West Sikkim and had left their hotel this morning to see the Kanchenjungha Falls, around 25km from Geyzing in West Sikkim.

“After seeing the Kanchenjunga falls we headed towards the place where our SUV was parked. The vehicle was parked on the edge of a hill as there was no other parking space available. My father attempted to board the vehicle from the edge of the hill and slipped,” said Devika Gowariker, 27, the deceased’s daughter.

“We had taken a vehicle from Bagdogra airport to Pelling in West Sikkim. We were staying in a hotel and had started our trip this morning. We were supposed to visit Gangtok from here tomorrow,” said a family member.