A washerman working at a residential area in Shalimar Garden on Friday returned gold jewellery he found in a pair of trousers to its owner. The jewellery was worth Rs. 5 lakh, according to the resident who misplaced them.
The incident took place on Friday, when Bhupendra Singh, the washerman, was ironing clothes. “My 10-year-old son brought clothes from B-84 flat in the afternoon. As I was sorting them, I found gold jewellery in the pocket of a pair of trousers. I immediately took it out and tied it in a handkerchief to return it while delivering the ironed clothes,” Singh said.
Singh went to the house of the resident, Satish Kumar, after an hour and returned the jewellery.
“It was only when Singh returned the jewellery that we realised that the items were missing from our house. The jewellery included two gold bangles, a gold necklace, three gold rings, a gold chain (mangalsutra) and a pair of gold earrings. It was worth Rs. 5 lakh,” Satish Kumar said.
He said that the family had attended a wedding a day before and his wife had worn the jewellery. “It was late night while returning from the wedding, so my wife removed her jewellery due to security reasons and I put them in my pocket. In the morning, our domestic help gave the clothes to the washerman without checking them. We had also forgotten about it,” Kumar said.
Kumar said that he is grateful to Singh. “I salute Singh’s honesty. When there is so much inflation and he has a limited source of income, it shows how conscientious he is. We will forever be indebted to him for his act,” he said.
Singh has been working in the area for the last 12 years. He is the sole breadwinner in his family of six. “Though I am poor and manage to save only Rs. 1,200 from my monthly income of Rs. 7,000, I have never thought of doing anything dishonest. I believe that only hard work pays off,” Singh said.
Singh was felicitated at the Shalimar Garden police post by an NGO that got to know about the incident.