A man returned home two days after he was assumed dead by his family and later buried in the Colonelganj area of India's Kanpur.
The bizarre incident happened under the Chakeri police station in which a man identified as Ahmad Hassan had a fight with his wife Nagma and left home on August 2, news agency ANI reported.
The family had filed a missing report. Later, police found a body on August 5 and the family performed the last rites (after identifying the body as that of Hassan's) on August 5. However, Hassan came back home on August 7.
"Following a fight with my wife, I left home. 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. They called the police and they brought me to the police station," Hassan said while speaking to media.
"On returning home, I found that I was declared dead. I came to know that a body (identified as me by my brothers) was buried. I am alive," he added.
Hassan's wife Nagma said she is happy that her husband had returned home.
"We had a small argument on a petty issue. He was angry and left home in the evening. He did not come for two days. We lodged a missing complaint at the police station. The police found a body and asked us to identify. We could not recognise the body as 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 and we all are happy," she said.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) of Kanpur Preetinder Singh said that the challenge now is to identify who was the man whom Hassan's family buried.
"A woman had lodged a missing complaint of her husband at the Chakeri police station. The woman's family members were asked to identify a body that was found by the police. They identified the body and performed the last rites. But he came back alive. We don't think that there is a need to take against family as they did it in confusion," Singh said.
"We are now putting posters at various places to identify the buried man. I have asked SP West to confirm whether doctors have done DNA testing of the body or not while conducting the post-mortem examination," he added.