Man receives friend’s video call days after his ‘burial’

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A 60-year-old auto-rickshaw driver, presumed dead by his family and buried, has been found alive in Maharashtra’s Palghar district, quoting police PTI reported.

The driver was on Sunday found staying at a destitute home in Palghar and a video clip of his chat with a friend went viral on social media.

Efforts are now on to identify the body buried by the family, a police official said.

On 29 January, an unidentified man was killed after being run over by a train while crossing a track between Boisar and Palghar stations.

The Government Railway Police (GRP) in Palghar circulated the man’s pictures on social media.

A man from Palghar approached the GRP and claimed the man was his brother Rafique Shaikh, who went missing two months back for which the family had also lodged a police complaint, GRP Inspector Naresh Randhir said.

After this claim, the Palghar GRP contacted the “dead” man’s wife in Kerala. She came to Palghar and also identified the body following which it was handed over to the family, the official said.

The family members buried the body a couple of days back, he said.

On Sunday, a friend of Shaikh was shocked when he casually called the latter on his phone and he responded. The official said that the two had a video chat and that Shaikh informed his friend that he was fine.

The chat clip has gone viral on social media platforms. The family members of the driver were informed about this. They got in touch with Shaikh and also told them about the development to police, the official said.

According to the police official, Shaikh left his house a couple of months back and landed at a destitute home at Saphala in Palghar.

He further said the family members had identified the body and it was handed over to them after following all required formalities.

The police were later informed about Shaikh being alive, he said.

“Now, our task is to trace the family of the unidentified dead man who has been buried,” the official said. (PTI)

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