Arm-less crime: Chinese man caught with brother's limbs

Chinese man stopped at bus station with two human arms in bag

Chinese man stopped at bus station with two human arms in bag

The security staff of a bus terminal in China has made a macabre discovery after verifying a man's luggage.

Security officials immediately detained the man - who goes by the last name Zheng - on the suspicion that he may be involved with murder, the Chongqing Morning Post reported.

The man said that his brother had recently had both of arms amputated following an electrical accident.

An official at the local police station told AFP the arm-carrying man was unlikely to face criminal charges but could be hit with "administrative penalties", which typically consist of a fine.

Mr Zheng said that his brother had asked for his help in transporting the limbs back to him, so that when he dies, his body can be buried in one piece.

Before freeing Zheng, police confirmed his explanation with the hospital where his brother was being treated. However, many online readers are bewildered by the story, given that medical personnel are required to secure permits for the transportation of human body parts in China.

In surveillance camera footage, the 50-year-old man can be seen entering the bus station in the city of Duyun and nonchalantly placing his bag through the scanner, only to be detained afterward when security saw what was inside.

Employees at the bus station were quoted as saying that travellers are banned from carrying body parts on buses, even with all the necessary permits, to protect the safety and hygiene of passengers.

However, it is tradition in China to bury or cremate the body of a deceased person in its entirety, with the four members in full, in order to preserve its future in the hereafter.

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