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Body on tracks, cops clueless

An unidentified man was found dead along railway tracks between Tatanagar and Adityapur stations in Adityapur while another lay injured a few feet away on Friday morning, raising suspicions that they might have been targeted by drug-and-loot gangs on trains.

The injured, Ajit Samar (26), a resident of Simdega who was found in an unconscious state on the Down line, even claimed from his hospital bed that he lost his sense after having tea offered by someone in the train.

As for the deceased — in his mid-thirties — who lay on the Up line but at the same spot, railway police are not sure about the robbery angle. They said that the man, whose left hand was severed while his head bore a deep gash, appeared to have been run over by a train.

On the other hand, Samar sustained injuries on his head, shoulder, face and legs. He is undergoing treatment at MGM Medical College and Hospital and is still drowsy from the effect of the drug. Samar, who works in Pune, had boarded a train from Rourkela after reaching there in another train on Thursday. His luggage and wallet are missing.

Though he could barely speak, Samar was able to communicate that someone had offered him tea at Rourkela station in the wee hours of Friday. “I had the tea and don’t know what happened after that. I opened my eyes to find myself on hospital bed and my luggage and wallet missing,” he said.

However, he could not say whether the other man was also drugged like him.

Superintendent of railway police, Tatanagar, Ajay Linda said that Samar appeared to be a victim of drug-and-loot gangs in the train, but not the other man.

“The man seems to have died in a train accident as his body was found on the Up line. We are trying to ascertain his identity and once that’s done, more facts will come out,” Linda told The Telegraph.

He, however, could not say whether the deceased had boarded any train or not, adding that investigations were on.