Doctors in Punjab say they have surgically removed 40 knives from the stomach of a man who had swallowed them over the past two months.
The 42-year-old man is recovering in a hospital after undergoing surgery on Friday in which doctors removed the knives — some folded and some with exposed blades up to 18 cm (7 inches) long.
Jatinder Malhotra, one of the doctors present during the five-hour operation, said on Tuesday that the man, who works as a police constable, was apparently suffering from a psychiatric disorder and is now being counselled. He said the man could not explain why he swallowed the knives.
Malhotra said he had never before heard of a case of a person swallowing knives.