'Dead' man placed in freezer by Indian family rescued after 20 hours

‘Dead’ man, 74, placed in a freezer by his Indian family is rescued after 20 hours when someone realises he is still alive

  • Balasubramanian Kumar was presumed dead after he stopped moving
  • As is custom, a freezer box was called for ahead of Mr Kumar’s last rites
  • But when someone arrived the next day to take him away they saw he was alive
  • His brother was of the view ‘his soul hadn’t left him yet’ but police were called

A 74-year-old man has been rescued from a freezer after his family put him into cold storage for 20 hours believing that he had died.

Balasubramanian Kumar, who had been sick and bed-ridden, was presumed dead by his relatives when he stopped moving at home in the village of Kandhampatti in Tamil Nadu state on Monday.

As is customary, a freezer was sent for to stow deceased elder ahead of a religious ceremony.

But when the employee of the freezer company arrived the next day to pick up the icy glass coffin, he noticed that the old man was moving.

Balasubramanian Kumar, 74, was presumed dead in the village of Kandhampatti in Tamil Nadu state but could be seen moving in his refrigerated coffin

Mr Kumar was discovered to be alive on Monday

Mr Kumar had taken ill and was believed to be dead after he stopped moving

In video footage taken of Mr Kumar, the man holding the camera asks: ‘His hands are trembling, how?’

‘Oh, it’s fits (seizures),’ the man’s brother, named locally as Saravanan replies.

When asked how this could be possible if he were dead, Saravanan replies: ‘His soul has not left him yet.’ 

Mr Kumar in his refrigerated coffin

Mr Kumar in his refrigerated coffin

Mr Kumar in his refrigerated coffin

The story was first reported on a Tamil news channel and has since become a national sensation.

Police were called and are now investigating the family for not carrying out a proper medical check before declaring Mr Kumar dead.

Sub-inspector Rajasekaran of the Sooramangalam Police told The Independent that a case has been filed under Sections 287 (negligent conduct to endanger human life) and 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code.

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