Kanpur, May 30: A passenger’s body travelled on board the Patna-Kota Superfast Express for almost 1,500 kilometres without being noticed. The recovery was made after 72 hours from the toilet of S1 coach of the train. The incident has brought to light serious lapses on part of Railway authorities.
Sanjay Kumar Agarwal, a Kanpur-based businessman boarded the Patna-Kota Express from Kanpur around 6 AM on May 24. He was on his way to Agra to attend a marriage. Around 7.30 AM, he received a call from his wife. He informed her that he was not feeling well.
When he did not get down at Agra, his wife raised a complaint with the GRP however, no one cared to pay a heed to the alarm raised by her.
Agarwal’s body continued to lay in the toilet, without being noticed by anyone, even when the train returned back to Patna from Kota. At Patna railway station, the train was sent to the yard and it was then that the cleaning staff came across an unbearable stench from the toilet.
On breaking open the door of the toilet, the authorities found Agarwal’s body. He was identified from his ID card. Kanpur police was immediately informed about the incident. The authorities also recovered Rs 9,000 from his pocket.
A relative of the deceased has been quoted as saying in a media report that the matter was reported to the police on May 24 itself however, an FIR was lodged only on May 26.
Meanwhile, the CPRO of East Central Railways Rajesh Kumar has claimed that one of the reason which led to the delay in tracing Agarwal was that his wife had given the wrong train number to the police.