BHIWANDI: Two schoolkids belonging to underprivileged families recently turned in a bag containing Rs 80,000, which they found on their way back from school.
The two—Aniket Bhoir (12) and Monali Adari (11)—enlisted their parents’ help to trace the owner, who turned out to be a retired teacher.
On Monday, Aniket and Monali, who reside in Ambika Nagar, found a bag lying on the road near their home. They opened it and found documents and cash in Rs 100 and Rs 500 denominations.
“After coming across the large sum, we realized that someone had lost his bag. Both of us made a resolve to find the rightful owner and return it back. We went home and told our parents about the cash,” said Aniket, who is in Class VII of a civic- run school.
Monali’s father, Sadu, searched the bag and found a passbook of one Afzal Khan. He borrowed a cellphone from a neighbour and gave missed calls on the numbers mentioned in the passbook. Khan later returned the call and found out about the bag. “I am happy that my daughter and her friend chose to be honest and tell us about the incident. They also urged us to help in the search of the owner,” said Sadu, whose daughter studies in Class V.
Sadu is employed as a security guard in the Bhiwandi-Nizampura municipal corporation and his wife works as a domestic help. Aniket’s parents are daily-wage labourers. After getting back his bag, Khan offered the families Rs 100 each as a token of appreciation. After the news of their exploits started doing the rounds in the city, locals, public representatives, and the kids’ teachers made a beeline to their homes.
On Wednesday, Raju Gajangi, the president of the civic body’s education committee felicitated both the children.