Jaipur: In a praiseworthy display of honesty, a rickshaw puller here handed over to police a bag containing more than Rs 1.17 lakh in cash which he had found lying on a road here.
Abid Qureshi, aged 25, found the cash wrapped inside a polythene bag near a government hostel here on Wednesday evening and waited at at the spot till 10 pm in the hope that the person who had misplaced the bag would return looking for it.
However, with nobody turning up to claim the bag, Qureshi, who is illiterate, carried it with himself as he headed to his rented room in the walled city area.
Once home, Qureshi narrated the incident to his wife Ameena and together they decided to return the money.
However, they were scared that they might face problems at the police station.
"We were restless the whole night. Next morning, we shared the matter with our neighbours, who asked us to keep the money to change our life."
"But we know that ill-gotten wealth brings problems and we did not think of keeping the money even for a second," the couple told reporters today.
Qureshi and Ameena yesterday approached police commissioner Janga Srinivas Rao and handed over the money.
"We highly appreciate the honesty of this man. Jaipur police will felicitate him soon," Rao told PTI.
Meanwhile, SHO Kotwali police station, Chiranji Lal, said that a man today approached them claiming the money belonged to him.
"The man claimed that his bag containing over Rs 2 lakh went missing near government hostel and we are verifying his claim," said Lal, adding that the cash will be released only by a court.