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Auto driver returns jewellery worth 10 lakh

Aug 11, 2007 02:36 AM IST India India

New Delhi: Sagarika Sen realised how careless she could be. On Monday, she got into an autorickshaw with a bag full of jewellery worth Rs 10 lakh. And when she got out, she left it behind.

"In those three-four days, I was nervous and incoherent, more than anything else. It was all that my mother had. So I lodged an FIR," says she.

Thankfully, the week proved lucky for Sagarika. And the lucky charm was her auto driver - Balbir Bhatia, a proud man from the old world, one who's still honest.

He found Sagarika's cell phone number on some documents in the bag and called her four days later.

"I was going to the police, but she wouldn't have received the whole jewellery. So I approached her directly," says he.

Bhatia started driving an autorickshaw after his retirement from the army nine years ago. He is a man with small means, but a big heart.

"Nobody in this day an age will return it. Even the most educated. Honesty is really amazing. You receive so many blessings from someone," says an overwhelmed Sagarika.

That was her lesson, but what was Balbir's reason for returning the jewellery bag?

"I want people to know that there are still honest people left," says he with a smile.