Pune: A shocking incident awaited passengers at Talegaon Railway station on Wednesday.
A suitcase which had a minor girl’s body bundled in it was found on the railway tracks. The police suspect that an unidentified person must have thrown it out of a Pune-Lonavla local train.
Railway staffers were called in to clean the railway tracks in the morning after an animal had come under the wheels of a train.
It was then that one of the sweepers noticed a red-coloured suitcase lying on the tracks leading to platform number two of Talegoan Dabhade station.
The sweeper then informed the Government Railway Police (GRP). Suspecting it to be some explosives, a GRP team along with sniffer dogs and metal detectors reached the spot. When they realised it is not so, they decided to break the lock and found the girl’s body inside.
Sub-inspector Sarjerao Shinde, who is investigating the case, said, “We have not yet identified the girl. She seems to be in the age group of 16-18years. Her hands were tied and there are marks of strangulation on her neck. Her height is approximately 4.9 feet and she was wearing a green-coloured salwar kameez. The cause of her death will be clear only after post-mortem.”
The police added that the condition of the body indicates that the murder might have taken place a few hours before the bag was thrown on the railway tracks.
“We are trying to get CCTV footage from some nearby locations. Data of missing person cases registered with different police stations is also being collected,” said Shinde.
Inspector Abhay Parmar of GRP said, “Going by the track where the bag was abandoned, the culprit might have been travelling from Pune railway station or from Shivajinagar railway station.We have written a letter to Railway Protection Force (RPF) to give us the CCTV footages from Pune railway station to see if we can find someone travelling with the same bag.”