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Tata Motors executive dies in Thailand; police suspect suicide

Published on Jan 27, 2014 12:47 PM
Mr Karl Slym, managing director of Tata Motors, looks on during a news conference to announce their second quarter results in Mumbai in this November 8, 2013 file photo. Mr Slym was found dead on Jan 26, 2014 in a hotel in Bangkok, where he was attending a board meeting. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK/MUMBAI (REUTERS) - Mr Karl Slym, managing director of India's Tata Motors Ltd, died after falling from a hotel room in Bangkok in what police said on Monday could be possible suicide.

Mr Slym, 51, had attended a board meeting of Tata's Thailand unit in the Thai capital and was staying with his wife in a room on the 22nd floor of the Shangri-La hotel. Hotel staff found his body on Sunday on the fourth floor, which juts out above lower floors.

"We didn't find any sign of a struggle," Police Lieutenant Somyot Boonyakaew, who is heading the investigation, told Reuters.

"We found a window open. The window was very small so it was not possible that he would have slipped. He would have had to climb through the window to fall out because he was a big man.

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