The Investigative Report | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, September 03, 2016 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, September 03, 2016

The Investigative Report

Translated from the Bengali: Gulshan Ara Kazi

The dead body of a seemingly unknown young man 

Came floating in the river

So began the investigation.

All media, newspaper, internet, television

Began spreading the news like roots of a tree

Someone posted a selfie of a handsome young man

From the memory of his mobile phone

Who was this young princely looking angelic man?

What was his religion?

His identifiable body part was eaten by the sea creatures.

Most of the young women of the city

Fantasised him as a romantic lover

Someone thought he was her missing husband 

An older couple cried out in grief

Thinking he was their lost son.

For his funeral

Widows began to weave silky muslin

Someone went to buy t-shirt & jeans

Someone got pure cotton “Dhuti” and another got amber cloak

Facebook & twitter was flooded with

Rumours and suspicious comments

Camera, media & laptops 

Was following the investigators closely.

A woman came pushing through the crowd claiming

The body is not of an unknown person

He was my husband

Another woman cried out saying he was my boyfriend

An old lady screamed out with heart rending cry

The young man was my missing son

Another person screamed, this is the body of my one and only brother

Someone said this is my son

Who was taken in by white uniform clothed men!

Even the invisible leaves of treeless city began whispering

The young man's identity was not unknown  

Everyone said, there was no need for an autopsy

No need to torture him further with cruel knife

Political leaders came forward by public demand

How should the body be treated?

Some said he should be cremated with fragranced sandal wood fire

May be his saintly body should be buried wrapped in a white “Kafon”

Some put a cross on his chest & said

He should get the blessings of Mother Mary

And buried in a wooden coffin.

An elderly lady came running saying

He is immortal, ever pure 

He should be floated in a floral bed on the river

Just the way Moses was floated on the Nile River by his mother

And Lakhindor was floated by Behula

He will be greeted as a hero at every coast

A righteous man humbly proposed “Now he needs a name

Which would be totally unique and acceptable to everyone”.

May be his name should be Mohammad, the most pious one

May be David, the most innocent one

Since he turned blue probably due to cruel torture, he should be named Krishna

Looking virtuous like Buddha, maybe he should be called “Borua”.

Everyone prayed for his soul according to their faith

Wishing that since he was deprived of his worldly pleasure  

May he be blessed with eternal peace and tranquility of heaven!

Accordingly, the investigative report was released

The body was not of an unidentified young man 

His name was Mohammad David Krishna Borua.

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