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COMPLEXION  AND FEATURES

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The details of the features as regards the eyes, nose, ears, lips, chin and
teeth should be carefully noted. The irises of the Indians are generally dark
brown, but are grey in a few cases, especially among the Punjabis. In some
individuals the colour of one iris may differ from that of the other. Coloboma
or hiatus may be found, if an operation has been performed on the iris. The
bridge of the nose may be narrow, flat or broad, and the nostrils may be
distended or the reverse. The ears may be small or large in size. Their
lobules may be free or adherent to the face. The lips may be thin or thick,
and the upper lip may hang over the lower lip, or may look shorter owing
to the upper incisor teeth projecting outwards. The chin may be rounded,
square, protruding or double from excessive fat.

Kumar Ramendra Narayan Roy, the second son of Raja Rajendra Narayan Roy-
Bahadur of Bhowal estates in Dacca went to Darjeeling in 1909, where he died of biliary
colic. Twelve years later in 1921, a Sadhu came to Dacca and declared that he was
Kumar Ramenolra Narayan Roy and claimed one-third share of the Bhowal Raj Estate.
He further declared that in 1909 he went to Darjeeling on a rest cure and while there
he was the victim of a murder conspiracy. He alleged that arsenic was administered
to him with the intention of killing him, and that owing to its administration he relapsed
into coma and was taken for dead. His body was accordingly removed to the cremation
ground at night, but a heavy storm came up and the funeral party left his body on the
cremation ground without attempting to light the funeral pyre. While still in an un-
conscious condition he was found on the funeral pyre by some IVaga Sanyasis wKo
revived him, and carried him with them. Thereafter, he suffered from complete amnesia,
and stayed with them as a pupil of their religious doctrines until 1921.

The Kumar being baffled in all his attempts to regain his share of properties brought
a suit in the court of the Subordinate Judge of Dacca in 1930 which was eventually
transferred to the file of Mr. Pannalal Bose, the Subordinate Judge, who during the
course of the trial was promoted to be an Additional District and Sessions Judge of Dacca.
The suit was keenly contested by Shrimati Bibhabati Devi, who was married to the
second son of the Raja Bahadur, and others. Their contention was that the plaintiff was
an impostor, named Sundardas Naga, a disciple of a Hindu holy man from the Punjab,
and that the second son of the Raja Bahadur actually did die at Darjeeling in 1909 and
that his body was duly cremated.

During the hearing of this remarkable case, popularly called, Bhowal Sanyasi case,
which lasted for more than two years, about 1,069 witnesses on the plaintiff's side and
470 on the defence side were examined, and photographs and documents numbering over
2,000 were exhibited before the court. The judgment was delivered in favour of the
plaintiff who was declared to be Kumar Ramendra Narayan Roy and was declared to
be entitled to the status and title of the second Kumar of Bhowal and to one-third of the
property. The judgment was later upheld by the Calcutta High Court and by the Privy
Council, but the Kumar died shortly after the decision of the Privy Council in July 1946.
The following marks and features which are exceptional serve as identifying
marks: —

Kumar

Plaintiff

Complexion.—Pink and white,

Hair.—Brownish.

Hair - f orm.—Wavy.

Moustache.—Lighter than hair.

Eyes.—Brownish.

Lips.—Twist on the right lower lip.

Ears.—A sharp angle at the rim.

Lobes of ears.—Not adherent to the cheeks and
pierced.

Adam's Apple.—Prominent.

The left upper first molar tooth.—Broken.

Hands.—Small.

Index and middle fingers of the left hand.—Less un-
equal than those of the right.

Point of flesh or something in the right lower eyelid.
—Present.

Feet.—Scaly.   Size, 6 for shoes.

Irregular^ scar on the top of the left outer ankle.—-
Present.

Syphilis.—Present.

Syphilitic ulcers.~Present.

Pink and white,

Brownish.

Wavy.

Lighter than hair.

Brownish.

Twist on the right lower lip.

A sharp angle at the rim.

Not adherent to the cheeks and

pierced.
Prominent.
Broken,
Small.
Less unequal than those of the

right
Present.

Scaly.   Size, 6 for shoes.
Present

Present

Marks of such ulcers.