Women dressed in traditional sari dresses, attend the funeral generic
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Patna - A family in Bihar grieving over the death of their son was pleasantly surprised to see him stnding in front of them when his ‘funeral feast’ was in progress. Among Hindus, a funeral feast is organised in the memory of the dead after cremation.

The bizarre incident took place at Budhanpura village in Muzaffarpur district, some 80km north of Patna, the capital of Bihar.

According to reports, 40-year-old Sanjeev Kumar, son of retired army man Ram Sevak Thakur, went missing on August 25, after which the family members launched an extensive search.

Subsequently, his father registered a case with the local Mushari police station. On September 8, the family got a call from the local police about the recovery of a body from the banks of the Gandak river, and the physical description matched that on Kumar.

Family members rushed to the local government hospital and brought the body home, presuming it to be their son and then performed his last rites.

According to the family members, their son had stayed at a place where a huge religious event was being organised. Kumar is said to be mentally unstable, and hence could not inform his family about his whereabouts.

On Wednesday, family members were busy hosting the funeral feast when they found their son standing before them, and were initially “terrified”. But when he narrated the reason behind his disappearance, shock turned to joy.

“We can’t express our joy in words. Initially we were terrified thinking this might be our son’s ghost, but finally we had a pleasant surprise,” the victim’s father Thakur told the media.

However, the funeral feast continued.