Wednesday was turning out to be a usual day for Mohammad Abid Qureshi, a hardworking rickshawpuller in Jaipur, Rajasthan. That changed when he found a polythene bag left on the roadside.
Qureshi found the bag stuffed with cash worth Rs 1.17 lakh, a huge amount for him. And all he could think of was how to return the money to its rightful owner, according to a report in the Hindustan Times.
Qureshi waited for six hours. When nobody showed up to claim it, he headed home at 10 pm. On hearing about his find, neighbours suggested he keep the cash. “Many people in my locality said don’t return the money when no one has lodged a complaint. They said this will change your life. But I was sure ill-gotten money would only bring problems and didn’t, even for a moment, think of keeping it," Qureshi is quoted as saying in the report. Qureshi lives with his wife and three-month-old baby in a one-room apartment in the city.
He was apprehensive that the police would blame him for stealing the money. When he deposited the bag at the local police station Thursday morning, the police suspected he was trading in fake currency and tested the notes in a machine for authenticity. They turned out to be genuine.
Qureshi is illiterate and his wife studied only till fourth grade, but they have hopes their baby daughter will go much further in life, and retain the family's legacy for probity.