Sion hospital, cops at odds over foreigner's body

31 December,2010 07:05 AM IST |   |  Vedika Chaubey

Police have asked the hospital to preserve the body for at least three months; the hospital wants it disposed at the earliest

Police have asked the hospital to preserve the body for at least three months; the hospital wants it disposed at the earliest

THE unidentified body of a 45-year-old foreigner has been troubling Dadar Railway police of late. They have been trying to verify his identity since his death on December 10, but haven't been successful yet.

His body has been lying in Sion Hospital's mortuary and now, the hospital authorities have sent a letter to the Dadar Railway police to dispose of the foreigner's body as they cannot keep it any longer.

The corpse has been lying at the hospital for more than 20 days now

As per the letter, unclaimed bodies are to be disposed of within seven days. The foreigner was found dead at the Matunga railway station on December 10.

The police have even clicked 25 pictures from different angles and sent them to foreign countries. "We have written a letter to 96 countries and have sent his pictures.

We have got a few replies as well but all have been negative," said Anil Karekar, investigating officer, Dadar police (GRP).

The Dadar police have replied to the hospital authorities that they should preserve the body for at least three months.
"We are asking for this because we may get more replies from foreign nations. We have also done a DNA test for the records."

"We have checked the arrival and departure information for the past two years at the international airport. We have also shown his pictures to around 200 foreigners but haven't been able to find any details," he said.

The immigration bureau at CST airport and embassies of foreign countries have also been intimated by the police.

Initially, the police tried to establish his identity through his tattoos but were unsuccessful. One of his tattoos reads 'HELLE'. "This could be his name or his family name," said Karekar.

The deceased was 6-ft tall, and blonde with a beard. The police have got information from sources that they had seen this person near Gateway of India.
"Since then, we've visited 28 lodges with his photographs just to find if he was staying there," said Karekar.

The Incident
THE foreigner was knocked down by a train at Matunga railway station on December 10. He was taken to Sion hospital but was declared dead on arrival as he had suffered major head injuries. No bag or identity card was found on him. He had a number of tattoos all over his body.

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