Gupta was picking up empty plastic bottles and other waste on the railway tracks near Thane station when he found the purse on the track of platform number 5, right at the end where the ladies coach halts.
On seeing the wad of Rs 2,000 and Rs 500 currency notes and valuables within, Gupta, who wasn't even able to count how much money was inside, immediately went to the stationmaster and handed over the purse, explaining to him how and where he had found it.
Rlys finds owner
Thane stationmaster B K Mahindhar said, "Gupta came to me and gave me the purse, telling me that he had found it on the track near platform number 5. Quite simply and innocently he said to me 'There is a lot of money inside it; please take care'. There was a total of Rs 33,000 cash, and debit and credit cards in the purse."
Thankful and relieved
Mokashi, 22, who works in Ghatkopar, said that on Monday, before leaving for home, she had withdrawn the previous month's entire salary to give to her family for household expenses.
"I realised I'd lost my purse when I got down from the autorickshaw. I called my friend to search for it near the station. We retraced my steps and looked in all the spots I had stopped, but, in the meantime, the ragpicker found it and gave it to a railway official. I am really thankful to him. It's my hard-earned money. I couldn't stop crying when I got the call that it had been found," added Mokashi.
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