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.