Man goes missing, returns to find he is ‘dead and buried’

Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh), Aug 9 : When Ahmad Hassan quarrelled with his wife Nagma a week ago and went missing for a few days thereafter, little did the couple or their family know they would soon be faced with a mystery over an unidentified body.

On August 2, Ahmad Hassan of Colonelganj area of Kanpur went missing after arguing with wife Nagma. The family filed a missing complaint at the Chakeri police station when he did not return home for two days.

On August 5, police found a body and called the family for identification. They identified the body as Ahmad’s and performed religious rituals and buried it.

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To the utter surprise and shock of the grieving family, Ahmad returned home on August 7 — alive. Evidently, he too was shocked to find that he had been taken to be dead and buried.

“I left home after a spat with my wife. On the way, a man helped me and I worked in a factory. I came back home on Friday after getting paid for my work. My house was locked when I reached home. But my neighbours recognised me and called the police. Later, I was taken to the police station. I came to know that a body identified by my brothers as mine was buried, but I am alive,” said Ahmad.

Nagma was elated at the return of her husband. She claimed that it was just a petty fight.

“We had a verbal spat on a petty issue. He became angry and left the home in the evening. He did not come back for two days. We lodged a missing complaint. The police found a body and asked us to identify. We could not recognise the body even though the face was similar to my husband’s. I was in doubt, but his brothers confirmed that it was him. I am happy that my husband has come back. We all are happy,” she said.

While the family is happy, the Chakeri police is now in a quandary — who is the man whose body was buried by the family?

Kanpur Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Preetinder Singh said: “The body was identified as Ahmad’s by his family but he has returned alive. We do not think that there is a need to take action against the family as they did it in confusion. We are now putting up posters at various places to identify the buried man. I have asked the police officials to see if doctors have drawn DNA samples for testing from the body or not while conducting post-mortem.”

Disclaimer: This story is auto-generated from IANS service.

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