Beggar saved 91 kg of coins in buckets

July 8th, 2008 - 12:34 am ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, July 7 (IANS) She used to keep her life’s saving not in wallet or a bank but in buckets. A beggar in West Bengal’s capital was found with three iron buckets full of coins. The coins weighed over 90 kg. The coins were found from Laxmi Das, 50, a handicapped beggar of Maniktala area in central Kolkata Monday.

“I started saving money since the age of six, but never knew how much it amounted to. Recently my sister weighed the money and it came to about 91 kg,” Das told reporters here.

“My neighbours saw me counting my savings Monday morning at my slum hut and thought I have stolen them. Police were called and on knowing the truth they opened an account at the local Central Bank branch in my name,” Das said.

However, the bank officials had a tiring time counting the heaps of 25 paise, 50 paise, Re.1, Rs.2 and Rs.5 coins.

“Our bank officials counted the heaps of coins till late afternoon. The amounted has been deposited in Das’s account,” branch manager Tapan Kumar Halder said.

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