The decomposing body of a man believed to be a Briton has been found in a plastic bag in Delhi, Indian police have said.

Authorities have launched a murder hunt into the death of the man, named locally as 40-year-old Rodick Andrew Reymond.

A Delhi police spokesman said: "We found his decomposed body in a plastic bag.

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"This body has been sent for forensic examination and a post mortem, and we are awaiting the results.

"We will know more about his injuries after the post-mortem report."

The spokesman said that officers discovered the passport of Briton Rodick Andrew Reymond with the remains.

But he refused to comment on reports the man had been bound and gagged.

He also said officers are waiting for the results of the post mortem before they confirm the man's identity.

According to reports in the Indian press, the body was discovered in a plastic bag in the street.

The man is believed to have been killed by a heavy blow to the head, according to the Indian Express.

A police source told the paper: "It appears that he was hit in the head with a heavy and blunt object."

According to the newspaper, police believe Mr Reymond was living in one of the guest houses near where his body was found in the Bhogal area of Delhi.

Police suspect the man was murdered at least two days before the body was found, a newspaper reported.

A spokesman from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: "We can confirm the death of a British national in India on 28 April.

"We are in touch with the Indian authorities and are providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time."