After a three-month-old decomposed body was found in the tunnel between the New Delhi and Shivaji Stadium Metro stations in the airport express line, serious questions have been raised about the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) regarding safety issues. The DMRC handles the operations of the Delhi Metro and is responsible for the checking and maintenance of the tracks. The CISF (Central Industrial Security Force), entrusted with the security of Metro stations in Delhi, has said that it is highly unlikely that a dead body could have passed through their stringent security apparatus and that it must have been a failure on the security part of the DMRC. The DMRC and the CISF believe that the body must have landed at the tunnel through a duct that leads to the ground level and is present between these two tunnels for emergency evacuation. However, these ducts are supposed to be locked and screened on a regular basis. The body was found on the intervening night of 8-9 February; the incident came to light only on Thursday. A senior CISF official told The Sunday Guardian, “CISF officials do not go where the body was found; it is the Metro officials who inspect tracks. It is surprising how they missed it for all these months.” Sources in the CISF have said that they had informed the DMRC about a gap in about the same place or duct where it is suspected the body must have arrived from, but the DMRC overlooked. A highly placed source in the CISF said, “We had informed the DMRC about the shaft which could pose a security threat long back, but the DMRC sat over it and was waiting for something to happen. This could have also led to a major security breach if a person tress-passed and planted an objectionable object in the tracks with an intent to cause destruction.”However, a DMRC official spokesperson said, “The area is in an emergency shaft of a cross passage which opens at 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.” According to the Delhi Police, the decomposed body must have been lying inside the highly secured tunnel for at least three months. DCP, Delhi Metro, said, “The body has been preserved for autopsy report and once the report is here, we will be able to ascertain the cause of death.” The Delhi Police has not yet registered an FIR into this case, and is looking at three possibilities which could have led to such an incident—like a murder of a person outside the premises after which the body could have been glided through the shaft or a possibility of a theft where a person was trying to enter the station through the shaft with a motive to steal. The third possibility, according to Delhi Police, is the involvement of an insider. 

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