Ashish Shinde (28) and his wife Rohini (22) will never forget the Diwali of 2012 not because it was their first festival after marriage, but it was the day they lost 10 tolas gold and luckily recovered it, thanks to a honest bus conductor.
Ashish and Rohini had decided to go to Baramati to celebrate Diwali at Rohini’s father’s house on Wednesday. They boarded a Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) bus from Nigdi and got down at Swargate State Transport bus stand. They were carrying two heavy bags and since the bus was crowded, they kept one of the bags below the bus seat.
Ashish said, “The PMPML bus was overcrowded, so I kept the black bag which had 10 tolas gold under the seat. When our stop came, we got down without that bag. While we were waiting for our ST bus for Baramati, we suddenly realised that we had forgotten the bag in the PMPML bus.”
He added, “We immediately lodged a complaint with the police, who called up the Katraj depot of the PMPML and within an hour, PMPML employees returned our bag. I am very grateful to them.” As a token of gratitude, Ashish presented Rs500 to Abhijeet Lad, the conductor of the PMPML bus in which they had lost the bag.
Lad said, “It was Diwali day and my last trip for the day. When the entire bus got empty at Katraj depot, I saw this bag lying below the seat. I immediately called up my driver and submitted the bag to the depot manager. We opened it and found some clothes, a tiffin and a necklace (one tola), ghatan (three tola), bangles (4 tola), chain (1.5 tola) and one finger ring (half tola) We were surprised and started towards the headquarters.
Meanwhile, we got a phone call from the police station. We went to the police station along with our officials. We cross-checked the items and returned them.”
Lad added, “I returned the items as whenever I lose anything, I feel bad and this feeling forced me to return the bag.” Interestingly, Lad joined the PMPML as a contract worker only one-and-half months ago. He is from Sangli district.