Mantu Saha, a 54-year-old rickshaw puller in Howrah found a bag on the back of the seat filled with diamond and gold jewellery, worth Rs 2.98 lakh, and Rs 60,000 cash that belonged to his last commuter.

With his meagre income and ill son to take care of, this was an easy way out for him to make enough money. Living in a shack with his wife and four children, he would have used this money for his very own purposes.

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But with all the wrong happening around us, people like Saha have principles that help us keep our beliefs intact.
The bag was of a Dubai resident, Rukmini Devi (58), who after realizing that her bag went missing lodged a missing diary at the Belur police station.

When Saha reached home he noticed the bag and showed the contents to his wife. Both of them decided to inform the police and visited the Belur police station together and deposit the bag.
Rukmini, who was visiting a relative near Howrah’s Bajrang Bali Market had bought ornaments from the local shops and later took Mantu’s rickshaw to her home at Liluah. She realized her bag went missing when she entered her flat.

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Overwhelmed by Saha’s responsible and honest behaviour she gave him Rs.10000 to thank him for returning her belongings. Rukmini also asked him if she could do anything else to help in any way, and Saha mentioned that if only he could drive an auto or an e-rickshaw, his family would be in a better financial condition then.

Because she had a flight to catch back to Dubai she promised him to send the money by cheque or through the OC so that he could buy the vehicle.
People who are honest as Saha don’t only make commuters like Rukmini happy but also make the nation proud. It was his honesty that he received so much of respect for not to mention the help he much needed. Rukmini will always be an important part of Saha’s life, and the money she offered will be of full use for his child’s medical expenses.

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