A head constable posted in Mumbai Central found an abandoned bag with currency notes worth Rs 8 lakh while checking the coaches of Rajdhani Express. After contacting the owner, the constable handed it to him, thus setting a remarkable example of honesty.
Rameshchand Meena, a 48-year-old constable who has been working with the Railway Protection Force (RPF) for the last 25 years, was on duty at Mumbai’s CST station when the Rajdhani Express arrived from Delhi.
While checking the train’s A3 compartment, he found an abandoned small bag on one of the upper berths.
Meena immediately called the coach attendant but the latter had no idea who the bag belonged to. In the presence of the attendant he opened the bag, only to discover a huge wad of notes.
Along with the currency notes worth Rs. 8 lakh, the bag also had a cheque book with a contact number. Meena took the bag to the Lost Parcel Office, where Inspector Rajesh Kumar Arya called the number, which went unanswered.
Arya then asked the staff on the platform where the Rajdhani had arrived to keep a watch for anyone enquiring about the bag.
“Within a couple of minutes, a man came looking for the bag and we handed it over to him after appropriate inquiry,” Arya said in an interview to Times of India.
The bag belonged to 35-year-old Mohammed Ikram, who had brought the money for a family business matter.
“Our business would have been hugely set back. It is only due to the honesty of the RPF head constable that I could get the bag back. This has restored my faith in police,” said Ikram.
In the past too, two train attendants of the Gujarat Mail returned a bag full of jewellery worth Rs. 2 lakh to passengers who had left it behind after their journey.
Meena, who hails from Rajasthan, started working in Mumbai Central last Saturday. Divisional Railway Manager Mukul Jain of Western Railway has awarded Rs. 1000 as cash prize to Meena for his honesty.