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Bihar villager seeks birth certificate for baby, issued ‘death certificate’ instead!

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PATNA: Authorities in Bihar have ordered an investigation after a man was issued death certificate for his newborn child instead of birth certificate for which he had applied.

As per reports, Akbar Miyan, a resident of Dhodaha village under Raghunathpur block in Siwan district, had applied for birth certificate of his newborn baby boy Rahmat Ali five years back.

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Akbar submitted all the required documents for his son’s birth certificate with the local block office and after much efforts, he was issued the certificate on December 11, 2013. The man hurriedly put the certificate in his file without throwing a close look at it and noticing goof-up.

Earlier this month, Akbar required the birth certificate of his child for some official purposes and was stunned to find that he had been issued the “death certificate”, instead of birth certificate. He instantly reported the matter to the local authorities which later ordered an investigation.

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“This is really a very serious matter. I have sought an explanation from the official concerned over the issue and he has been asked to submit his reply within three days,” the local block development officer Santosh Kumar Mishra said.

He said severe punitive action would be initiated against the officer if his reply was not found to be satisfactory.

Reports said initially the officials laughed at the stupid mistake but later ordered an investigation since this involved a baby. The message has gone viral in the social media.

Authorities say birth certificates have been widely misused in Bihar. In 2004, the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) had detected as many as 6,900 private examinees who appeared in matriculation examination by showing fake date of birth in their application forms.

Later the authorities registered more than 200 cases against the guardians for producing fake age certificates to enable their children to appear in the examination.

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