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November 03, 2018 04:56
15 Days after Funeral, Kerala Man Returns Home Alive

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In what is believed to be an appalling incident, a family in Kerala were stunned as their son whose decomposed body they buried on October 16 returned home 15 days later, on October 31.

The incident took place in Aadikolly, Wayanad. The family buried the body of their 48-year-old son at St Sebastian Church then they received the tremor of their life when their son Saji returned home after purportedly going missing for closely 62 days.

The body they had buried was not their blood and flesh.

On September 3, Saji, a laborer, left his home in Aadikolly in Pulpally and had been, allegedly, missing since then. However, the family did not file a complaint of missing. On October 13, Beechanahalli police station in Karnataka contacted Pulpally police station, which is its border police station, notifying them about a decomposed body of an anonymous person.    

“A few weeks ago, Saji’s younger brother Jinesh was summoned to the Pulpally station in relation to a case,” Prajeesh, a Civil Police Officer at the station, said.

“While Jinesh was at the station, we received a call from Beechanahalli police station, enquiring if we had received any missing person complaint. We had no missing cases in our record then. Jinesh, who heard the conversation, told us that his elder brother had been missing for three weeks. He said he would like to see the body. We then alerted the Beechanahali police station. After completing the necessary formalities, he was let off on bail,” the CPO said.  

Jinesh and Saji’s mother Philomena at that time reached Mananthavady hospital in Wayanad to identify the body. “The family claimed that Saji had an injury mark on his leg. The slippers, too, resembled the ones that he wore. Besides, Jinesh told us that Saji used to frequently travel to Karnataka,” the CPO added.  

The minute family identified the body to be Saji’s, the Beechanahalli police handed over the body to the family. After an autopsy and other formalities, the decomposed body was buried on October 16 at the St Sebastian church, where Saji and his family are parishioners.

According to the police, Jinesh claims to have received Saji’s death certificate from Karnataka. On Wednesday evening, Saji, who was claimed to be dead, reached the station, along with the brother.

In his statement to the police, Saji said, “I left the house on September 3 over a quarrel with my neighbor. Since I do not have a phone, I was not in contact with my family and hence that led them to believe that I was dead. I was doing labor work in several parts of Kannur. I reached Aadikolly on October 31 by 4 p.m.”

The Pulpally police station has informed the Beechanahali police station, which would take the matter forward.

An office-bearer of St Sebastian church said the parish has not received any information on retrieving the body from the burial ground. “The police can take the body; we will not stop them,” he said.

A police official at Beechanahalli police station, in the meantime, said that the body has been cremated and not buried. “We have the photo of the decomposed body. We will send it to other police stations to see if there are any missing cases,” he said.

-Sowmya Sangam

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