A 60-year-old autorickshaw driver in Pune returned a bag containing cash and jewellery worth Rs 7 lakh to its owner. He was felicitated by the deputy commissioner of police, Suhas Bawche, for his honesty.
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A 60-year-old rickshaw driver in Pune returned a bag containing cash and jewellery worth Rs 7 lakh to its owner.
On Wednesday, a couple — Mahboob and Shanaz Shaikh — had boarded Vitthal Mapare's autorickshaw at Keshav Nagar area and alighted at Hadapsar bus stand, leaving behind the bag, police said.
"I went to BT Kawade road and parked my vehicle to have tea, that is when I noticed the bag lying on the back seat. I did not open it and took it to the nearby Ghorpadi Chowky and deposited it with sub-inspector Vijay Kadam there," said Mapare.
"On opening the bag as per procedure, we found gold ornaments weighing 11 tolas, Rs 20,000 cash, all worth Rs 7 lakh, and some clothes. We contacted Hadapsar police station as the couple had alighted there," sub-inspector Kadam was quoted as saying.
Hadapsar Police informed SI Kadam that 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 the deputy commissioner of police, Suhas Bawche, Kadam added.
Mapare, who has been a rickshaw driver for several years, lives in a rented house and his son works in a private firm. Mapare said he was happy with the praise that he was getting over the past two days and considered it his biggest reward in life.
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