Story-time : Ethics don’t hurt

An Amdavadi auto-rickshaw driver did the unexpected on Saturday morning-returned a bag containing Rs 20 lakh worth of diamonds to the trader who had forgotten it in his three-wheeler without checking the contents. The driver was later felicitated by the trader and police.

Mohammed Ansari took to driving auto-rickshaw to feed his family of eight. On Saturday, his first customer was Rupesh Jain, a diamond trader from Jaipur, who had come to the city to meet his ailing mother. He hired Ansari from the Kalupur railway station to a private hospital in Thaltej.

“Ansari had loaded Jain’s bag into his rickshaw and driven off assuming that the passenger was already in the backseat. However, Jain was left behind at the station with his other luggage and the diamonds in the rickshaw. Ansari realised his mistake when he reached near Dilli Darwaza and drove back to the railway station,” said D S Patel, inspector of Kalupur police station.

By then, Jain had reached the police station and narrated his tale of missing diamonds. When the complaint was being recorded, Ansari came there. Jain rushed to the bags and was overwhelmed to see the diamonds still there.

Ansari did not make a big deal of his act. “Some auto-wallahs have earned a bad name for everyone. I hope people see us in a new light now,” he said. “Compared to other cities, Amdavadi auto-drivers are more honest. Police can also rope us in for information on suspicious activities. Who knows, the bag could have had a bomb instead of diamonds,” he said