Youth returns bag with foreign currency worth Rs.200,000June 12th, 2008 - 11:05 pm ICT by IANS
Chandigarh, June 12 (IANS) In a rare example of integrity, a youth in Haryana’s Ambala town returned a bag containing US and Canadian dollars worth more than Rs.200,000 to its owner. “Shamsher Singh is an unemployed youth from a very poor family. He was travelling to Panipat from Ambala by bus on June 9. While leaving the bus he picked up the wrong bag, which looked quite similar to his own,” police officials said.
Apart from money, the bag Shamsher picked up by mistake contained citizenship card, passport, air tickets and some other important documents.
“He tried to verify the details from the documents in the bag but couldn’t trace the owner. So he handed over the bag at the Punjab police headquarters to ADGP (additional director general of police) G.D Pandey Thursday,” the official added.
From the documents it was known that the bag belonged to Darshan Singh from Hoshiarpur town in Punjab.
“Darshan Singh had also picked up Shamsher’s bag by mistake. He could not contact Shamsher as that bag only contained a shirt and trouser and no address details,” the official said.
Darshan, a permanent US resident, immediately rushed to police headquarters to take possession of the bag. He announced a cash reward of Rs.10,000 for Shamsher.
In appreciation of the act of honesty, Pandey has decided to recommend Shamsher’s name to the state government for an award.