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Ever wondered what happens to you when you die. Well, Lal Bihari might have an answer for your question. His relatives had him killed to get his property and he only came to know of it a year later. Sounds confusing. Well, here is how it happened.

The year was 1977 and Lal Bihari had just visited his birthplace Khalilabad for identification certificates. He wanted to open his own business and needed those certificates for this purpose. It was then that he found out. Government records had declared him dead a year back. After his father's death, his mother along with him had left their village. In their absence, his relatives had colluded with the government officials to declare him dead. This way, the relatives could get ownership of his property.

Resurrection has always been a topic of great interest to people. There are many stories dealing with this subject. And every story has taught us this: That resurrection is an incredibly hard thing to do. It would take a lot of effort and sacrifice to achieve this. It was the same for Lal Bihari.

He approached a lawyer first who told him that a resolution through this method would take many years. So he began visiting the local departments and began filing complaints. But it would go in vain since the inquiry would be conducted by those same corrupt officials. He went from pillar to post but to no avail.

But Lal Bihari was not a man who would give up. Faced with a system that refused to acknowledge his existence, Lal Bihari's ideas only became more and more ingenious.

• He 'kidnapped' his young cousin to get his relatives to file an FIR. This way he could get himself written about in the FIR to prove his existence. But his relatives did not complain to the police. He had no choice but return the child back to their parents.
• To get attention to his cause he added a 'Mritak'(dead) to his name, calling himself Lal Bihari Mritak.
• He sat on dharnas outside the Lucknow Legislative assembly. Finding out that dharnas don't work he got himself a visitor's pass and went inside the Assembly where he started screaming "Mujhe Zinda Karo".
• He applied for widow's pension for his wife which ironically was refused.
• His antics reached the peak when in 1988, he contested in the Lok Sabha elections against VP Singh. A year later, he contested again against Rajiv Gandhi in Amethi.

His efforts finally bore fruit when in 1994 he was declared 'alive'. It took him 18 years.

With the explosion of population in UP, the land has become a valuable resource, and with holdings getting smaller and smaller after each generation. In such a situation, absent or weak relatives become easy targets. During his plight, he encountered many other people in similar situations as him. This led to the creation os the Uttar Pradesh Mritak Sangh (Association of Dead People). This organisation would later help hundreds of people have their status repealed.

For his efforts, he was awarded the 2003 Ig Nobel Peace Prize given to achievements which "first make people laugh and then make them think".
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