Mechanic’s son, 10, finds bag with Rs 5 lakh, returns it to owner

BAREILLY: Abdul Hannan, 10, a bike mechanic’s son, was returning home after purchasing eggs on Wednesday when he saw a bag fall off from an auto-rickshaw. He picked up the bag, chased the auto, shouting out loud to stop but the vehicle did not stop. The curious boy opened the bag only to find Rs 5 lakh inside. He returned home and handed the bag to his mother, Tarannum. The two then went to the place where Abdul had found the bag and waited for its owner to come back.

After some time, an announcement about the missing bag, which belonged to a construction contractor, was made through a local mosque. Within 10 minutes of the announcement, the bag reached its rightful owner.

Hannan said, “I was always taught by my parents and teachers that to keep someone else’s money is wrong. I knew I had to return it,” said Hannan, whose family has been grappling with financial difficulties due to the Covid pandemic.

Firasat Haider Khan, the owner of the bag, told TOI, “I am a construction contractor. On the day when I lost my money, I was returning home in my car after collecting payment from a client. On seeing that the road was blocked, I decided to park my car and take an auto. I had two bags with me — one had money and the other clothes. While trying to settle the one with clothes, the money bag fell from the auto. On realising that I had dropped the bag, I jumped from the auto and started looking for it, but in vain. Then, I saw a mosque in the area and requested the caretaker there to make an announcement on the loudspeakers.”

“Just when I had lost all hopes of getting back my money, Allah’s little angel in the form of Hannan appeared and returned my bag. I am immensely grateful to Hannan and his mother,” Haider Khan said.

Hannan’s mother said, “I always teach my child to follow the path of kindness and righteousness.”

Sajid Khan, manager of Sabri school where Hannan studies, told TOI, “Hannan has made us proud by following what is taught in school. As a reward for his honesty, the school administration has waived his fee for a year.”

Salman Hasan Khan, vice president of Jama‘at Raza-E-Mustafa, a prominent Islamic organisation linked to Ala Hazrat, announced that Hannan would be felicitated, saying, “Hannan displayed true Islamic character and good upbringing by his parents.”

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