Forty five-year-old traffic constable Ullas was in for a big surprise on Tuesday morning, when he stumbled upon Rs 79,800 at his Pitampura residence. The notes of various denominations — Rs 100, Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 — were neatly tucked between the rods of an iron grill in his house.
Ullas, who hails from Kerala, was at a complete loss for words. “We do not go to that area generally. We keep the back gate of our house closed. We opened the gate today to clean it for Diwali. Once I opened the gate, I saw notes tucked between the rods of the outer iron grill. I took them out and counted. I found a total of Rs 79,800,” said Ullas, who lives with his wife Raji, son Bhupati (13) and daughter Uttara (7).
Although the family has to go through lot of difficulties in meeting ends every day, Ullas immediately decided to return the whole amount to the police.
“Someone must have earned it by illegal means and that is why he/she hid the money there. I called the PCR and handed over the sum to them,” he said.
A god-fearing man, Ullas believes nothing can buy honesty, not even money. One of his colleagues told the Hindustan Times that Ullas was having a difficult time financially, as he was building a house in Kerala for his old parents. “At such a juncture in life anyone would have easily compromised with honesty and quietly kept the money. But Ullas is an exception,” said his colleague.
Ullas has been serving the Delhi police for the past 21 years and shifted to the traffic department four years ago. He is posted at computer centre at Teen Murti Traffic Line at present.