BERHAMPUR: A 35-year-old rickshaw driver from Ganjam district of Odisha has been rewarded for returning a gold necklace worth around Rs 1.6 lakh to a female passenger who accidentally left it in her vehicle a few days ago.
Autorickshaw driver Pankaj Behera found the ornament weighing around 30 grams under the passenger seat while cleaning his vehicle on Friday.
He handed it over to the woman, Narmada Behera, at the New Bus Stand police outpost on Saturday in the presence of law enforcement and some members of the local motorists’ association.
On Wednesday, the rickshaw driver had transported the 30-year-old woman and her family members from New Bus Stand to Gopalpur.
Behera had kept the gold set in her purse but it could have accidentally fallen into the vehicle without her knowledge, a police officer said.
She realized the necklace was not in her purse after arriving home and immediately called the autorickshaw driver, whom she had previously known. He checked the vehicle but did not find it that day.
“After I found the necklace while cleaning my rickshaw, I notified the police and the woman’s family,” the driver said.
Narayan Swain, the police outpost manager appreciated the honesty of the driver. The woman was also relieved after getting her adornment back.
“I’ve had sleepless nights for the past few days. Now I’m very happy and grateful to the rickshaw driver,” she said.