Rickshaw driver returns bag containing 7 lakh to Pune couple

Pune, September 11

The honesty of a 60-year-old rickshaw driver in Pune shone by means of the gloom of a virus outbreak, a crippling lockdown and monetary despair throughout as he returned a bag containing money and jewelry totalling Rs 7 lakh to its rightful proprietor.

On Wednesday, a pair had boarded the three-wheeler of Vitthal Mapare at Keshav Nagar space and alighted at Hadapsar bus-stand, abandoning the bag, police stated.

“I moved ahead and went to BT Kawade road where I parked my vehicle to have tea. It is then that I noticed this bag lying on the back seat. I did not open it and took it to Ghorpadi chowky nearby and deposited it with sub-inspector Vijay Kadam there,” stated Mapare narrating the chain of occasions.

Speaking to PTI, sub-inspector Kadam stated, “On opening the bag as per procedure, we found gold ornaments weighing 11 tolas, Rs 20,000 cash, all totalling Rs 7 lakh, and some clothes. We contacted Hadapsar police station as the couple had alighted there.”

“Hadapsar police told us Mahboob and Shanaz Shaikh had already approached them with a missing bag complaint. The bag was handed over to them at Mundhwa police station and Mapare was felicitated by Deputy Commissioner of Police Suhas Bawche,” Kadam added.

Mapare, who has been a rickshaw driver for a number of years now, lives in a rented home and his son works in a personal agency.

Mapare stated he was pleased with the reward that he was getting over the previous two days and thought of it his largest reward in life. PTI

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