Considered dead, a 22-year-old man returned home even as his family was preparing for his terahaveen (rituals performed on 13th day after death). The incident was reported under Baksha police station area of Jaunpur district. The police attributed the episode to wrong identification by the youth’s father.
According to the police, Sanvle Yadav of Magresar village under Baksha police station area had informed his parents that he was boarding a train from Ahmedabad, where he worked in a private firm, on August 13 to return home.
When Sanvle did not reach home by August 15, his father, Sabhajit Yadav, lodged a missing complaint at Baksha police station. On August 19, a wireless message was circulated in the district about a body found in the swamp of Gomti River under Kerakat police station area. Baksha police informed Sabhajit about the same and asked him to check the body.
“He identified the body as that of his son, Sanvle, on the basis of his complexion and appearance. He gave us in writing that the post-mortem be conducted. We did so and the body was cremated the same day. The cause of death was drowning,” said Station Officer (Kerakat), Rajiv Mishra.
The matter was thought to have been closed — till Sanvle reached his home on Tuesday.
“Sanvle has told us that he had boarded the wrong train and reached Lucknow, where he was arrested for travelling without ticket and sent to jail by the Magistrate, a couple of days after he left Ahmedabad. With much difficulty, he managed to get somebody contact his in-laws, who rushed to Lucknow, from where he was released Monday. The family members then came to us with the application that they had erred in identifying the body. We have again circulated the photographs of the body then recovered for identification,” said Mishra.
Mishra added Sabhajit had not got any FIR registered in this connection. “He did not give us anything in writing. Even if he had, it would have been difficult for us to register a case of murder, because the post-mortem established drowning as the cause of death. Sabhajit is a senior citizen and the body was badly decomposed and putrefied,” he said.