Hyderabad: Deaths due to starvation accompanied by withdrawal from alcohol were reported in the city. At least three cases were reported in the city on Sunday alone. The incidents were reported from Humayun Nagar and Raidurgam areas. The three victims are yet to be identified, said police officials. This is alarming in the light of the measures that the state government has claimed to take for the homeless.

According to the police, one of the victims is an unidentified man in his mid-30s who made his living by begging at Asif Nagar Crossroads near Mehdipatnam. Due to the lockdown, he could not get any food. For the past couple of days, it is said that some locals had been providing him with fruits. But on Sunday morning, he was found unconscious in front of a locked shop. When he was taken to a hospital he was declared dead by the medical staff.

The other two cases were from Manikonda and Dargah areas of Raidurgam. An unidentified beggar in Manikonda was found collapsed beside the road on Friday. Alerted by locals, police took him to the Osmania Hospital, where he died undergoing treatment on Sunday. It was found that he was addicted to alcohol also. It is suspected that he died due to starvation and alcohol withdrawal.

In the third case, a man who lives on the roadside near a temple in the Dargah area was found dead on the footpath on Sunday. He was also said to be an alcohol addict. He might have died from starvation and withdrawal from alcohol, said police.

On the other hand, deaths due to withdrawal from alcohol have reached at least six in the state, including two in the city.

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