The Hush Post: It could possibly be a security breach. A decomposed body, with just the bones left, was found inside a highly protected tunnel of the Delhi Metro’s airport line between the New Delhi and Shivaji Stadium stations. What is more intriguing is that it had been there for at least four-five months and the railway staff or the CISF did not come across it. The CISF is responsible for the security of Metro stations. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) staff noticed the body in the early hours of February 9. On a routine track inspection, they breathed foul smell when they came close to the shaft that opened to the ground level.
The DMRC officials said the area where the body was found is away from the tracks. “The area is in an emergency shaft of a cross-passage, which opens at the ground level and is not in a regular operational area. Access to this area is through the ground level, which is cordoned off and thus detection was difficult,” said a spokesperson.
The tracks are inaccessible as the airport line is covered with platform screen doors. The CCTVs only store footage for more than 30 days, so no one knows how and when the man entered the tunnel. The rail line is underground, except for the Dhaula Kuan-Delhi Ridge stretch, running through tunnels that go as deep as 18 metres. Security and maintenance staff enter the tunnel through the gates at the end of the platforms, the keys of which are with the station controller.
“It is difficult to find from where the man entered. We have preserved the DNA samples and are checking if anyone from the area near the New Delhi station is missing. Once the body is identified, the cause of death can be established,” a police officer told a national daily.