Over a month after partial human face found on train, no headway in probe

Partial face of a man was found inside coach S-6 of the Varanasi-Mumbai Holiday Special at Wadi Bunder on May 11.

| Mumbai | Published: June 23, 2014 2:02 am

The Dongri police have summoned the Wadi Bunder railway yard’s depot manager for questioning in connection with the probe into the discovery of a partial face of a man found in an inter-state train last month. Preliminary probe has revealed that the train arrived at the yard from CST with its doors and windows unlocked and the depot manager let it enter without making proper enquiry, the police said.

Partial face of a man was found inside coach S-6 of the Varanasi-Mumbai Holiday Special at Wadi Bunder on May 11.

According to the police, the man, in his 30s, died somewhere enroute while standing on the foot-board and colliding with a pole close to the tracks. No headway has been made in establishing his identity. It is also unclear whether the accident took place in Maharashtra, or somewhere else along the journey, said the police.

In the past two weeks, police questioned two sets of employees working at CST who inspect trains that arrive at the station before locking the doors and windows. The five men, who work in separate shifts, allegedly denied locking the doors and windows of the holiday special. Police said those working on day-shift failed to inform their colleagues on  night-shift about the train.

Inquiries at Wadi Bunder earlier this week revealed an alleged breach of rules by depot manager.

“Every train arriving at the yard is supposed to be locked. But when we inspected the yard register for May 11, we found the depot manager had signed and remarked that the train had arrived open. He also failed to conduct a thorough search of the train as he is required to do in such cases,” said Anand Rewandkar, assistant inspector at Dongri police station. He said the depot manager was asked to visit the police station to record his statements on Tuesday after he returns from leave.

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