Lakhimpur : “Puppet Cremation” in Lakhimpur after dead body taken for post mortem by police
The locals of Kahipara in Lakhimpur tonight witnessed a seldom seen age-old Assamese tradition – burning of a puppet instead of a dead person on the pyre.
According to the rituals, once a pyre is build, it cannot be left unattended and if the body of the person is not found, a puppet of the person has to be burnt.
“Puppet Cremation” in Lakhimpur after dead body taken for post mortem by police
However, a mysterious death, inactivity by police and an alleged attempt to cover foul play can be credited for making this happen.
Last Friday, Momi Bora, a resident of the same area died under mysterious circumstances following which, her family had arranged to burn her this night, without any takeover clearance by the police.
Police, intervened, however, but was a bit late to appear as the pyre was already set.
Puppet Cremation in Lakhimpur
“This led to an altercation between the police and deceased Bora’s family members. They however too k the body for post mortem. So, the pier was already set, but no body to burn,” a local said.
According to police, “We were not informed after her death, instead, they hastily took the body to burn. We have reasons to suspect on why they were in such haste and secrecy.”
The family members hence built a puppet of Bora and cremated it according to tradition.