LAHORE - A young man yesterday overdosed and died in the hostel of Lahore University of Management Sciences, police sources said.  The body was moved to the morgue for autopsy.

Investigators identified the deceased as Shah Mir, a resident of Karachi and student of BSc (Honours). Police were investigating the death.

Police officer Tahir Rahman told reporters that the postmortem of the body would determine the cause of actual death. Apparently, the youth died either because of heart attack or of drug overdose, Cantonment SP Tahir said.

Police investigators and forensic experts also examined the body and visited the crime scene as well. They collected evidences and sent some swabs to the Punjab forensic science agency to ascertain the cause of death, according to police sources.

On the other hand, the university administration issued a notice about the mysterious death.

The notice says Shah Mir was found unresponsive in bed in his room on Dec 12.  “LUMS administration was called when efforts to rouse him failed.

 Shah Mir was immediately taken to a nearest hospital (National Defence Hospital) where doctors pronounced that he had expired earlier in the day,” the statement said.

Further investigations were underway.

Two weeks ago, forensic investigation revealed the PML-N worker, Samia Chaudhry, died after taking narcotics including cocaine in excessive quantity.  The 38-year-old political worker overdosed and died in the Lahore’s Chamba House where she had been staying for weeks.

Punjab forensic science agency submitted its reports to the Lahore police investigators.  The report revealed the lady died “because of taking narcotics in excessive quantity”.

According to insiders, the trend of using narcotics for pleasure is becoming popular among the political elite and students of colleges and universities. Police sources say several state-run guesthouses, hotels, and hostels have become safe haven for smugglers of narcotics.