The couple left behind a bag full of cash and jewellery when they got down from the auto rickshaw at Hadaspur bus stand in Pune Credit: Representational image

The honesty of an auto rickshaw driver in Pune won hearts all over the internet after he returned a bag full of cash and jewellery worth Rs 7 lakh to its owner.

On 9th September, a couple had boarded an auto rickshaw at Keshave Nagar area in Pune driven by 60 year-old Vitthal Mapare and got down at Hadaspur bus stand, leaving behind their bag in the rickshaw.

“I moved ahead and went to BT Kawade road where I parked my vehicle to have tea. It is then that I noticed this bag lying on the back seat. I did not open it and took it to Ghorpadi chowky nearby and deposited it with sub-inspector Vijay Kadam there,” said Mr Mapare while recalling the incident.

Sub-inspector Kadam while speaking to the media said, “On opening the bag as per procedure, we found gold ornaments weighing 11 tolas, Rs 20,000 cash, all Rs 7 lakh, and some clothes. We contacted Hadapsar police station as the couple had alighted there.”

“Hadapsar police told us Mahboob and Shanaz Shaikh had already approached them with a missing bag complaint. The bag was handed over to them at Mundhwa police station and Mapare was felicitated by Deputy Commissioner of Police Suhas Bawche,” Kadam further added.

Mapare who has been driving an auto rickshaw for a living, lives in a small rented house and his son works in a private company. Mapare said that he is very happy with all the love and blessings he has been getting from people all over and that this has been his biggest reward in life.

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