'Dead' woman appears before police after family performed her funeral


The development is said to have left the police clueless about the identification of the dead woman and the murderers.


On December 12, the body of an unidentified woman was found on the Patiala-Sangrur southern bypass in the Indian city of Patiala in Punjab, local newspaper the Hindustan Times reported. 

Two days later, the family identified the body as of their daughter, Naina Rani, who they said had run away to marry.

After the family identified the woman, police handed over the body for them to perform her funeral.


The family is reported as accusing her lover of killing her while police say the victim was strangulated and attacked with sharp-edged weapons.

Shockingly, Naina Rani returned with a male friend on Thursday.

Police said the incident appears to be a case of mistaken identity.

“When the cops questioned Naina’s parents in Patiala, they claimed that since the face of the dead woman was mutilated, they identified the body on the basis of her bangles and other jewellery.

"Even Naina’s husband was accompanying them at that time,” police representative Jaswinder Singh Tiwana told Hindustan Times. 


He added the police had a written record of all the proceedings, but it appears to be a case of mistaken identity.

The incident came to light when Jiwan Singh, a farmer of Ghalori village, spotted a gunny bag near the bypass when he had gone to his fields.

“We will now identify the dead woman from her DNA and fingerprint samples. We had gathered samples of her hair and teeth during autopsy,” Tiwana said.

He added: “We have circulated the dead body’s photograph with details of identification marks to all police stations in the state so that she can be identified. Moreover, we are gathering data about the women who had gone missing in the state recently."

“It appears that the crime was committed at some other place and the body was dumped here around two days ago,” another police officer said, adding that they did not recover any identity proof or mobile phone of the victim.



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