The railway police are worried. In the last two months, three women’s bodies have been found on railway premises.
On Monday morning, a porter found the body of an unidentified woman in her 20s wrapped in a bedsheet inside the luggage compartment of a local train at Churchgate station.
The woman, who was wearing a salwar kameez, had strangulation marks on her neck and injuries on her elbows and back.
Earlier, on March 14, the body of a pregnant woman from Mumbra, Rehmat Haq, was found in a suitcase at Sandhurst Road station.
Her husband and two brothers-in-law were later arrested and charged with murder.
On March 20, the decomposed body of a woman in a blue sari was found at a railway yard near Dadar station. The railway police have still not been able to ascertain her identity.
On Monday, around 6.30am, porters were removing luggage from the compartment next to the motorman’s cabin of the 6.10am Virar train on platform number 3, when one of the porters Hirnna Uppar noticed “some luggage” wrapped in a bedsheet below the seat.
“Uppar kept the ‘luggage’ on the platform, but after an hour when nobody came to claim it, he got suspicious and opened it. He found a woman’s body and at least 24 sets of old clothes. He immediately informed the railway police,” said an officer of the government railway police, on condition of anonymity because he is not authorised to talk to the media.
“Initially we registered a case of accidental death, but the post-mortem report revealed that she was murdered. She was killed a few hours before her body was dumped in the train,” said Anil Tamaychekar, deputy commissioner of police, Western Railway.
The railway police have registered a case of murder and formed six teams to investigate the case.
One of the teams will scrutinise the footage from the closed-circuit television cameras installed between Virar and Churchgate stations.