A group of 10 wagon-breakers are suspected to have been electrocuted while stealing coal from a goods train late on Tuesday night in Ranchi district near the West Bengal border.
A railway officer confirmed the death of one person after rescue workers found his burnt body between two wagons of the train.
Without confirming how many died, divisional public relations officer AC Banerjee said a group of “probably more than nine” was seen at the spot.
The train had slowed at a signal between Torang and Suisa stations when the wagon-breakers detached its vacuum pipe to stall it and then steal coal from the wagons.
Though there were high-tension lines overhead, they climbed on top of the wagons, getting electrocuted in the process.
Police suspect members of the gang and relatives might have whisked away the bodies from the spot.
“Police have sent a team to adjoining areas to detect if more than one person was killed,” said Banerjee, adding that earlier there were cases of relatives removing the dead in a bid to eliminate all evidence that might be incriminating for them.