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Telangana: 'Dead' man turns up alive as family prepares for his 'funeral'

As the family of the man was making preparations for the funeral, the villagers informed that they had seen him alive.

Edited By: Ashesh Mallick @asheshmallick07 Hyderabad Published on: June 25, 2024 19:32 IST
Telangana, Telangana Police
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In a case of mistaken identity of a deceased person, a man appeared alive at his “funeral” in Telangana’s Vikarabad district where his family and relatives were making preparations for his burial following receipt of information regarding his death. The incident occurred in the Navandgi village in Basheerabad mandal of Vikarabad district, an official of Government Railway Police (GRP) said on Tuesday.

The man was identified as P Yellappa, 40, who was a daily wage labourer and was presumed dead after his family received information about his death when a body was found with a mobile phone on it.

The GRP personnel found the body of an unidentified person on the tracks at the Vikarabad railway station on June 22 night. The head of the person was crushed and was beyond recognition, the official said. A mobile phone was found near the body and police officials called up the family members from the phone, who informed that it belonged to Yellappa.

Family “identifies” the body

Yellappa's wife and his family members reached the government hospital in Vikarabad on June 23 and "identified" the body to be that of Yellappa, the official said. After an autopsy, the family members were handed over the body and they took it to their village.

As the family and relatives were making arrangements for the burial, some villagers informed them in the afternoon that they had seen Yellappa alive in Tandur town of the district. In the meanwhile, Yellappa also returned home to the surprise of the family members.

Yellappa's family members immediately informed the GRP about it, who reached the village and brought back the body and kept it in mortuary at government hospital in Vikarabad, the official said, adding the deceased man was not identified so far.

GRP conducts inquiry

The GRP also examined Yellappa and he told them that he had left home as part of work and someone stole his phone when he was sleeping at a bus stop in Tandur on June 20. His family members told the police that Yellappa used to return home after a week or so after being away on work, the official said. With regard to the unidentified man, the police said he was hit by a train while crossing the tracks at the railway station on June 22 and a case was registered by the GRP.

Further investigation into the matter is underway.

(With PTI inputs)

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