Mumbai, October 7: Days after a beggar was run over by a train between Mankhurd and Govandi stations in Mumbai, Police found that he had a whopping Rs 8.77 lakh in fixed deposits in banks and had coins worth Rs 1.75 lakh in his shanty. According to a report by Hindustan Times, the beggar identified as Biradichand Pannaramji Azad, had also deposited Rs 96,000 in coins in his bank accounts. While trying to trace the family of the 82-year-old man, the Vashi Government Railway Police (GRP) found that apart from the Rs 8.77 lakh, the beggar had stashed Rs 1.75 lakh in coins in his shanty in Govandi. After his body was found by the tracks, the police are trying to contact Azad’s son, who lives in Rajasthan.
Pravin Kamble, sub-inspector, Vashi GRP was quoted in the HT report saying that they found four big dabbas (containers) and a barrel in which he had hidden coins of Rs 1, Rs 2, Rs 5 and Rs 10 in plastic pouches. Kamble said officials began counting the coins on Saturday afternoon and by Sunday, they had finished counting Rs 1.75 lakh. In Hyderabad If You Spot A Beggar, You Get Rewarded Rs. 500!
The report further states that the steel container had documents like a PAN card, an Aadhaar Card and a senior citizen card which were all in Azad’s name. As per details in the document, Azad was born on February 27, 1937, and he was earlier living in Baiganwadi, Shivaji Nagar. The Police also found that Azad had accounts in two different banks as passbooks of savings accounts were recovered. A look at the passbook revealed that the total deposited amount in both banks was Rs 96,000, all in coins.
The incident was registered an accidental death case. However, when police began to look for his family, local residents identified the victim as Azad, who begged in trains on the harbour line, following which police found out the beggar lived. During the search, Azad’s neighbour informed that he lived alone and had no relatives.