Pune auto driver returns woman’s belongings worth Rs3 lakh

Woman left a bag with valuables including 10 grams of gold in the auto rickshaw she took from Bajirao Road to Swargate on Friday morning

pune Updated: Jun 11, 2017 15:18 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Nehru Stadium chowky police official offers a bouquet to Shakeel Altaf Mulla praising him for his act of honesty.(HT Photo)

In a laudable show of honesty an auto driver safely returned valuables worth Rs3 lakh left behind by a woman passenger he ferried on Friday morning.

Nayana Bandal (28), resident of Dhankawdi, along with her mother and two daughters got into Shakeel Altaf Mulla’s from Bajirao Road to Swargate on Friday morning. Nayana later changed rickshaws and got into another oneto reach Swargate.

However when she reached Swargatein another rickshaw she realised that her purse and phone were missing. The bag had 10 grams of gold, a mobile phone and cash worth Rs2,000.

The gold in the bag Bandal was carrying was worth Rs3,00,000 whereas the Android mobile phone cost around Rs6000. The items collectively were worth Rs3,08,000.

Bandal reached the Nehru Stadium police chowky which falls under the Swargate police station's jurisdiction and sought the help of the police officials.

Meanwhile, Shakeel Altaf Mulla, resident of Kondhwa Khurd, had reached Katraj with another passenger. When the passenger in his rickshaw heard a phone ringing in the back of the rickshaw, he gave it to Mulla. Sub-inspector BS Gurav who called Bandal's phone number spoke to Mulla and informed him about the bag left behind in his auto rickshaw.

An honest Mulla assured of returning the bag. After speaking to the police sub-inspector Gurav, Mulla came all the way from Katraj to the Nehru Stadium police chowky and returned the bag with all the valuables. The righteous act was lauded by the Swargate police who gave him a bouquet.

First Published: Jun 11, 2017 15:06 IST