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Diomande has played for the Ivory Coast [Courtesy]

A former Charlton Athletic player has been found dead after allegedly falling from a train.

Me Aboubacar Diomande, 31, was believed to be travelling to meet new teammates in Kolkata, India, when tragedy struck in the district of Chhattisgarh.

Diomande’s identity was allegedly discovered after his phone was found near the body, which contained identification documents.

The body was said to be left in a mutilated state when it was discovered near Baradwar railway station.

Udyan Behar, a local police officer reporting on the incident, said: “It was not clear by which train he was travelling.

He became something of a club legend at Stella Club d’Adjame, who he played for over a 12-year period, which ended earlier this summer.

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Diomande (right) pictured in a club tracksuit [Courtesy]

Diomande had only arrived in India on August 8, having had a visa granted to play football in India in July.

It is reported that police tried to look for missing bags on the train at Howrah Station, but were unsuccessful in finding any.

Nobody has yet come to claim the body, despite police contacting his friends and family.

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