The body of an unidentified woman in her 20s was found stuffed in bedsheet inside the luggage compartment of a local train at Churchgate station on Monday morning.
The woman, who was wearing a salwar kameez, had strangulation marks on her neck and injuries on her elbows and back.
This is the third instance in two months that a woman's body has been found on railway premises. On March 15, the body of a pregnant woman, Rehmat Khan, was found abandoned in a suitcase on Sandhurst Road station. Her husband and two brothers-in-law were charged with murder and arrested.
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 stationed at platform number 3, when Hirnna Uppar, a porter, noticed "some luggage" covered in a bed sheet below the seat.
"Uppar got the 'luggage' out and kept it 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 dumped inside. He immediately informed the GRP," said a government railway police officer.
"The woman was murdered a few hours before her body was dumped. Initially, we had registered a case of accidental death, but the post-mortem revealed that she was murdered," said Anil Tamaychekar, deputy commissioner of police, Western Railway.