While some police officers in Noida were booked for losing valuables recovered in a case, a Ghaziabad officer returned a purse of a Delhi resident to its owner, after finding it on the road.
The purse contained Rs 10,000 in cash, a cellphone and documents of Mamta Yadav, a resident of Thomson Road railway colony in the Capital. Constable Ravi Kumar found the purse while he was on duty at the NIB exit on NH-24 on July 19.
“It was around 8.45pm when I spotted the purse. It was lying in a small heap of garbage that had collected due to heavy rains. When I picked it up, it was vibrating as there was a cellphone inside. The caller had called up number of times after finding the purse missing... this time when the phone rang again I told the caller that the purse was safe with me and asked them to meet me at the earliest,” said Kumar.
“Immediately after the call, the phone got switched off as the battery was low... Nearly half an hour later, the family arrived and were happy to see the purse, phone and the cash intact. The woman was all praise for me and blessed me, my children and my family members for the gesture. Her blessings were the biggest reward,” he said.
The 30-year-old traffic constable, from Nai Mandi in Muzaffar Nagar district, has been in service for 10 years and is currently posted with the Ghaziabad traffic police.
The purse’s owner, Yadav, was returning home with her family from Bijnor after attending a religious discourse by her guru when she lost the purse.
“Since it was a tiring journey, we had stopped our car on the highway and I had stepped outside for a while. After we started again and had crossed the UP border, we realised that my phone and purse were missing. We kept calling my cellphone and later the constable answered. He said that my purse was safe with him and we should come back and take it,” Yadav said.
She said that the purse had fallen at the spot they had parked the car and she was sure that she would find it.
“The incident has completely changed my perception about policemen. I will never forget the incident and the gesture shown by the constable. I am all praise for him and his family,” she added.
Senior officials said the purse was later handed over to the family after documentary formalities.
“It is very encouraging on part of the constable and he has helped uplift the image of the department. The senior superintendent of police also announced a cash reward for Ravi Kumar,” said Rajesh Kumar, superintendent of police (traffic).