A 44-year-old Indian man was first arrested and charged with possessing illegal drugs, but the charge was later changed to murder after his flatmate collapsed in an apartment in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, on Thursday.

At noon, police were called to an apartment on Haiphong Road after being told a man there was unconscious, according to a government release. The man, a 50-year-old asylum seeker from India, had sustained injuries to his face and upper body. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A total of 150 grams of marijuana was found in the apartment and a 44-year-old Indian asylum seeker was arrested and charged with possession of dangerous drugs. Upon further police investigations, the man was suspected of being connected with the death of the other man.

It was understood that the suspect and the victim had argued and had a fight in the early hours of Thursday. Officers said six people lived in the apartment and the deceased man shared a room with the suspect. The rest were asylum seekers from Bangladesh.