AAP June 1, 2009, 6:05 am
Indian police are investigating the death of an Australian man whose body was found in a guesthouse in the lawless eastern state of Bihar.
The body of 52-year-old
"Authorities of the guest house alerted the police as Michael did not open the door. We broke the door and found him dead," police inspector Chandra Prakash told AFP.
The body has been sent for post-mortem examination and the Australian embassy has been informed, he said.
Police said the man had been staying in the guest house since May 29 and had arrived in India on May 16 on a tourist visa.
Caste and religion-based strongmen, along with Maoist rebels, have almost free reign in Bihar, where at least 5,000 murders and 12,000 abductions take place every year according to police figures.