A corpse travels 900 km in the toilets of a train in India

A corpse travels 900 km down a train toilet in India

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NEW DELHI | The body of a man was discovered in a train toilet after traveling some 900 kilometres, Indian police said on Thursday. 

Authorities say the man likely died shortly after boarding the train in the eastern state of Bihar and locking himself in the toilet.

Railway police officer Ram Sahay told AFP that passengers complained on Sunday of a “really foul smell” emanating from the toilets when officers decided to force the door open.

By then, the Saharsa-Amritsar Jan Sewa Express had already traveled more than 900 kilometers in 24 hours.

“The toilet door was closed from the inside and when we opened it, we found the body,” said Sahay, who is stationed in Shahjahanpur, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

“We still don't know anything about this man. He had probably moved into the train in the marshalling yard two or three days before the body was discovered,” added the police officer.

According to the local press, this gruesome discovery caused a delay of nearly five hours before the train resumed its journey to Amritsar, in the north of the country.

The officers immediately investigated to try to discover the identity of the deceased from other passengers on the train.

Sanjay Rai, a railway service doctor quoted by the Times of India, said the body was already decomposing when he was found and said he was ” died after falling into a coma” while in the toilet.

Authorities released photos of the unknown deceased at various stations in Bihar state, where the train had started its journey.

Every year, tens of thousands of corpses go unclaimed or unidentified in India. They are usually cremated after three days, in the absence of identification by relatives to the police.