Presumed dead, a man from Orissa was allegedly thrown off a train by policemen a fortnight ago near Gaya. Although very ill, he managed to return to his state and has now re-married his 'widow'-ed wife.
Nityananda Banth, a resident of Nuasahi village in the district of Nayagarh, re-married his wife, Puni, at a village temple on Monday. She had wiped out the traditional vermilion from her forehead as a sign of widowhood after they presumed him dead, media reports said on Tuesday.
Banth was working as a skilled labourer at a construction site in Jammu. He became ill and was returning home with two of his relatives, including his father-in-law, by train on Oct 21.
Near Gaya railway station in Bihar some policemen came to the compartment and enquired from the relatives what was wrong with him. The policemen declared that Banth had died and allegedly threw him out of the train, Oriya daily Dharitri said quoting one of his relatives.
His relatives did not protest, presuming the policemen were right.
After returning home, the relatives informed the family members about the incident. The last rites were performed for Banth as per Hindu traditions. His wife wiped out the vermilion from her forehead and broke her bangles.
On Sunday, the family members learnt from a relative in state capital Bhubaneswar that Banth was alive. They rushed to Bhubaneswar and found him in the home of Bhimsen, one of his nephews.
Banth said that on Oct 23 he got back his senses and found himself lying at an isolated spot near the railway track at Gaya railway station.
After facing troubles at many places, Banth somehow managed to come to Bhubaneswar railway station on Nov 5. From there he walked to the house of his nephew, he said.
There were emotional scenes at his village when he returned home. His relatives organised his re-marriage with his wife on Monday.
Still very ill, Banth has been admitted to a local hospital for treatment. His wife, Puni, is happy that he has returned and brought back the vermilion on her forehead and bangles on her wrists, the paper said.
The paper did not mention Banth's age or if he has any children.