One 12-year-old boy, who was carrying around Rs 1 lakh cash in his school bag, was rescued by Churchgate GRP officials last night.
The boy has been identified as Saeed Pathan, who had left his home in Kalamboli, Navi Mumbai early on Monday morning to attend school.
When the boy did not return home by afternoon, his worried parents contacted school whose officials told them that ‘he did not come to attend his class on Monday’.
The seventh standard student Saeed was found sleeping in a first class compartment of 10:12 pm Borivali-bound fast local train at Churchgate station, in Mumbai, when an alert passenger Parjanya Bhatt waked him up to know where does he want to go.
“The boy was little frightened. It took me atleast 15 minutes to take him from Platform No. 3 to the GRP officials sitting at the entrance of Churchgate station,” Bhatt told this newspaper.
“The boy kept murmuring like ‘this is not my school bag’, ‘I don’t know who kept the stuff inside this bag,” recalls Bhatt, who works as a research analyst in a private firm and lives in Kandivali.
When the GRP officials opened his bag they got stunned to see hard cash kept inside.
“There were few books, new clothes, sun glass, school uniform and Rs. 95,300 Indian currency inside his bag,” said PSI Balasaheb Pawar of GRP Churchgate.
“The boy did not tell much to us except giving his mother’s contact number. We immediately contacted her. His parents, were sitting in Kalamboli police station to lodge missing complaint, jumped in joy to know the whereabouts of their son,” said the police officer.
“His father Mufeed Pathan is an auto rickshaw driver. He had sold one property in Rs. 7.27 lakh and kept the money in the cupboard from where Saeed stole Rs 1 lakh cash,” Pawar said.
“Instead of attending his classes, the boy went to market and purchased few new clothes, sunglasses etc and spent Rs 4,700. The rest of the amount has been recovered from his bag,” said Pawar.
Following verification of Saeed’s parents, the boy along with his belongings (including cash) was handed over safely to his father and maternal uncle who had come to claim him at Churchgate in the wee hours of Tuesday.