“It took my husbands over 10 years to save money to buy me gold jewellery and it was stolen within a few seconds,” said Zakira Pathan, wife of a railway employee.
Last year in April, two men on a bike stole ornaments worth Rs4 lakh from Pathan. “I had lost all hope of ever seeing them again. But then I recently received a call from the Bandra-Kurla police saying that they had found my jewellery.”
On the auspicious day of Dhanteras, SN Choudhary, deputy commissioner of police, zone 8, made 55 people extremely happy by returning their stolen valuables. Gold chains, mobile phones, vehicles and other valuables and cash worth Rs51.84 lakh were returned to their owners, Choudhary said.
“I lost my gold chain in 2007 and I never thought it would be found. It was worth Rs40,000. When I got a call from the police, I thought it was some kind of joke,” said Vatsala Bartakke, 71, a Vakola resident,” adding, “The recovery of my chain has restored my faith in the law.”
Choudhary said they chose Dhanteras to return the valuables as it was a day when people would buy jewellery hoping for prosperity and wealth.
“We know that most people had given up hope of ever getting back their valuables. On a day like Dhanteras, they received what was theirs,” said Choudhary.