SHANGHAI: A Chinese man was detained after a bus station security scanner revealed that he had his brother’s severed arms in his luggage, state media reported, but police said he was unlikely to face criminal charges. The 50-year-old was stopped in the city of Duyun in the southwestern province of Guizhou last week, according to the Chongqing Morning Post. Authorities initially detained the man, surnamed Zheng, on suspicion of murder. But he explained that the limbs belonged to a brother who was severely injured in an accidental electrocution that necessitated the amputation of his arms. Chinese traditionally believe that all body parts must be buried together at death to ensure the person is “whole” in the afterlife.
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