An accused in a murder case was found hanging in the Tea Garden Express at the Ernakulam Junction Station on Thursday.
The Vaikom police on Tuesday had registered a case against the deceased identified as T K Sabu from Cherthala after he was allegedly involved in the murder of a housewife at Vaikom. He had been absconding since then. According to the railway police, the body of Sabu was found in the sleeper compartment by a railway staff member who had been changing the destination boards of the train in the afternoon which was due to depart towards Palakkad at 10.10 pm on Thursday.
The police said that Sabu had probably entered the train while it was stationed at the sixth platform of the station. It had arrived at six in the morning. The body was not there while the coach was sent to the marshalling yard prior to it being stationed at the platform, the cleaning staff confirmed.
Sabu, 55, who hails from Varanam Puthanangadi in Cherthala was a BSNL employee at Perua, near Thalayolaparambu.
According to Vaikom Crcle-Inspector K S Baby, Sabu was involved in an illicit relationship with a housewife who jilted him for another man. Angered by this, Sabu had killed her. Sabu, who is already married, fell under heavy debt after he transferred a large sum of money in the woman’s name. The police have found a suicide note from the spot. An inquest has been conducted and the body will be subject to post-mortem examination on Friday. Railway officials said the train will leave the station as per schedule.