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HindustanTimes Sat,30 Aug 2014

Pickpocket with a conscience returns stolen purse

Sukumar Debnath, Hindustan Times  Kolkata, March 04, 2013
First Published: 14:34 IST(4/3/2013) | Last Updated: 14:37 IST(4/3/2013)

In the midst of all the rituals that ones impending wedding brings, Saborni, resident of Lalgola, Murshidabad, received a curious courier in her name.

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In anticipation of a surprise from her bethrothed he unwraped the parcel only to receive the biggest shock of her life. After a pause to catch her breath, Saborni squealed in delight to find her lost purse complete with her ATM card, EPIC (voter identity card) and PAN card packed neatly inside the parcel.

The sender even attached a hand-written letter, saying, “I took your purse, but have sent it back since there were important documents in it. I’ve kept some money, but have returned everything else. I spent Rs. 50 to send the parcel, I’ll take it from you when we meet next.” He called himself Saborno.

The resemblance between the sender’s and receiver’s names lead to the conclusion that the thief had taken care not to disclose his identity, assuming a pseudonym instead.

Saborni lost her purse on Wednesday while travelling to Lalgola by train from Sealdah. Looking to pay off the peanut vendor as the train closed in on Dum Dum station, she was shocked to find her purse had been pinched out of her bag, which was sliced neatly by a sharp object.

The loss of the purse, money and documents left her distraught, especially since she had to submit all her documents to the marriage registrar before taking her nuptial vows.

Concerned, she lodged a general diary with the Sealdah GRP and even applied for duplicates of the cards and documents that she lost.

However, she was delighted to have landed her lost valuables with a letter of acknowledgement for good measure, barely four days into the theft. “I am happy to have got back the documents than the money, since they are more valuable,” said the blushing soon-to-be-wed Saborni with a smirk of relief playing on her lips.


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