A 32-year-old labourer turned out to be a godsend for a Vasai beautician after he returned her bag containing Rs4 lakh in cash, which had fallen out of her car when she’d stopped to make a purchase.
The incident happened in Vasai (East) on Sunday when Kajal Panigrahi, 33, a resident of Darshan Apartment on Nalasopara-Vasai Link Road, was on her way to pay a builder the token amount of a flat she’d recently purchased.
Panigrahi said, “I can’t imagine losing Rs4 lakh in an instant like this. It’s my life’s savings. When I told my husband, who works in the Gulf, he got angry at me and asked me to give the labourer some money for his honesty but he wasn’t willing to accept it.”
The drama started after Panigrahi reached Vasant Nagari road, where she stopped the car to buy milk. In her hurry to complete the purchase, she failed to see that she had dropped the bag containing the money while alighting from the car.
Pankaj Ram, who was on his way to have lunch after finishing his day’s work at a nearby hotel, saw Panigrahi dropping the bag.
However, she had driven off before he could get her attention. He chased her car on his bicycle but lost her soon. On going through the bag’s contents, he found her visiting card and called her to tell her about the bag.
Ram said, “My parents never taught me to be greedy. As soon as I saw the bag, I shouted out to the woman but she was in a hurry. I opened the bag and found cash and documents. So, I chased the car on my cycle but she drove away fast. I opened the bag and found her visiting card. So, I called her from a PCO and informed her the bag was with me.”
Panigrahi said, “I was driving when I got the call. At first, I decided not to receive it but, later, I realised something was unusual as I don’t usually get calls from landline numbers. So, I parked the car and took the call. It was Pankaj Ram telling me he was waiting for me with my cash-filled bag.”