The Dongri police station, which is probing the discovery of a portion of a man’s face in an outstation train in Wadi Bunder last month, will summon the cleaner who discovered the face, to establish whether the train was locked when it arrived for cleaning.
A part of the man’s body was found inside coach S6 on May 11 evening, after the Varanasi-Mumbai Holiday Special arrived in Wadi Bunder from CST, having completed its journey from Uttar Pradesh.
According to the police, the cleaner found the face stuck to one of the windows near the door inside coach S-6, while patches of dried blood were found on the outer surface of the door and windows. The police believe that the unidentified man died in an accident while standing at the foot-board after colliding with an electric pole.
The police probe had then shifted to CST, where the Central Railways employs men to inspect each outstation car and lock its doors and windows before clearing them for departure to Wadi Bunder. The three men questioned initially however, denied having locked that train, instead inspecting two other trains that arrived before and after it. Over the last week, the police recorded fresh statements of the three men, apart from summoning two men working on night shift.
“All five have shifted the blame on to each other. So it is now necessary to speak to the cleaner in Wadi Bunder and ask him whether the doors and windows of the train were locked when it arrived,” said Assistant Police Inspector, Anand Rewandkar, Dongri police station.
The police has sent a third letter to the Chief Reservation Officer at Varanasi railway station requesting names and addresses of seven passengers and a ticket collector who had seats allotted in that portion of the coach where the face was found. Two previous letters sent in the past one month have gone unanswered, said Rewandkar.