JAIPUR: In a case of , a family wrongly identified the body of a 40-year-old drunken man, who had died after falling off stairs, in on Friday morning. The family members were taking out the cremation procession when the real person appeared before them and said he was alive.
Vijay Prakash, a drifter, said that he woke up on Friday morning and saw that his nephew, Suresh was heading out somewhere, “I asked Suresh where he was going. He looked shocked and replied that he was going in my cremation. I was taken aback and asked him how could you arrange for my cremation when I am still alive,” Prakash said.
The confusion began on Friday morning, when the Galta Gate police found the body of a drunkard, who had died after falling off stairs of a shopping complex. “Vijay Prakash lives near Transport Nagar and is also a habitual drinker. He often passes out around the same shopping complex after drinking liquor. His family members came to the police station and identified him as Vijay, a native of in Dausa district. We handed over the body after the postmortem,” said Hanuman Sahay, investigation officer of Galta Gate police station.
Sahay said that both, the deceased and looked similar, due to which family members also got confused and assumed him to be Prakash. “Suresh took me to Dausa where cremation rituals had already begun,” Prakash said.
The family members took a sigh of relief and realized that the body they had carried from Jaipur, belonged to somebody else. “The family and his relatives came to Jaipur with the body and handed over the body. We have kept the unidentified body at the mortuary. When we asked how did they mistake the body for Prakash’s, they said that they had always feared that he will some day die on a road after consuming excessive liquor, and the place where the body was found on Friday is the same spot where Prakash would often collapse after consuming liquor,” an official told TOI, adding that efforts are being made to identify the body.
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