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‘Dead’ man asks pall-bearers for water

CHINSURAH (WEST BENGAL): A mentally-ill patient, declared dead by a private hospital, got up while being taken out for last rites and asked for water from pall-bearers at Mankundu in Hooghly district over the weekend.

As bewildered family members looked on and some mourners ran away in fear, Apurba Chakroborty (60) asked what the fuss was all about and demanded

water, his brother Subhas said.

Earlier, a death certificate was issued and an unconscious Mr. Chakroborty was taken out on a hearse from the hospital premises.

Mr. Subhas, who claimed to have been earlier informed by the hospital that his brother was dead, alleged that the hospital had asked the death certificate be returned to hush up the matter. — PTI

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