The Dongri police are obtaining the passenger list of the Varanasi-Mumbai Holiday special train and will be making inquiries with passengers travelling in the bogie where a partial human face was found on Sunday.
A portion of a face of a male aged approximately 35-40 years was found in the train while it was being cleaned at the Wadi Bundar Railway, Washing Yard on Sunday afternoon on the side berth no 7. The face is believed to have separated from the body after impact with a hard substance, possibly an electricity pole, after which a part of the face entered the train through an open window, investigators believe. The Dongri police have registered an Accidental Death Report and are conducting further inquiries.
“We are in the process of getting the list of passengers traveling in the bogey to find out if there are any eye-witnesses or anyone who saw the face lying on the seat. We are also finding out if there are any missing persons among those who travelled from Varanasi to Mumbai on the train on Sunday,” said Police Sub-Inspector Swati Varute, Dongri police station.
Meanwhile, two days of searching along the railway tracks between CST and the railway yard have not yielded any more parts of the body, leading the police to believe that the accident might have occurred before the train reached CST.
If this is the case, the Dongri police believe that there have to be eyewitnesses, and hence they will be contacting passengers who travelled by the train on Sunday. The face was sent for medical and forensic analysis to the Forensic Science Laboratory at Kalina on Wednesday morning.
Further investigations are on, the police said.