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Smoking led to British national's death

Press Trust of India  |  Kanpur 

The British national, whose body was found on Howrah-railway track two days ago, was suffering from depression and addicted to cigarettes and probably died while trying to open the train's door for smoking, police said today.

Evan Nan Waring (56) was onboard the Delhi-Dibrugarh Rajdhani express with his friend Gerard Rafael when the incident happened on October 29.

Rafael told police that Evan was suffering from depression and was addicted to cigarettes.

GRP Inspector Tripurari Pandey said Rafael informed police that at around 4.15 am Evan went to smoke at the train's door from where he might have fallen while trying to open it.

"The case has been solved and the body will be sent for post-mortem on November 4," Pandey said.

Evan's son, who is in Japan, has sent a fax message to police saying the body should be handed over to Rafael as he can't come to in such a short time to claim the body, he said.

GRP has asked Rafael to bring a no-objection certificate from the before handing over the body to him.

Evan's body was found on Howrah-railway track, around seven kilometres from station here. The body had several deep wounds and a severed leg, police said, adding, a half-burnt cigarette was also found beside the body.

First Published: Sat, November 01 2014. 16:50 IST