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Gone, buried, but not dear old dad

A PAIR of brothers in Sichuan Province were astonished to learn that the body of the man they claimed and buried as their father was not their own dad.

They are now asked to return the man's ashes to a pair of sisters, the man's true offspring, yesterday's Southwest Metropolis Daily reported.

The man was killed in a traffic accident on November 9 last year in Dazhou City.

Liu Zishuang, 31, and his brother, whose father had been missing for days, went to the local traffic police and claimed the dead man was their missing father.

Police took a sample of the man's blood before handing over the body to the brothers as well as the 20,000 yuan (US$2,930) compensation from the truck owner for the accident, the report said.

The brothers brought back their father, cremated and buried him the next day.

But three days later, a pair of sisters also surnamed Liu went to the police and said the man was their father.

Police conducted a DNA test and confirmed him as the sisters' father.

The brothers were asked to return the man's ashes and the 20,000 yuan to the sisters.


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