Mumbai police found documents for fixed deposits worth Rs. 8.77 lakh with several banks and coins of at least Rs. 1.5 lakh at the home of a Mumbai beggar who died in an accident.
The policemen who walked into the dilapidated one-room home of the beggar, Birju Chandra Azad could not come out for some time as they had to spend hours counting the bagful of jangling coins that tallied up to Rs. 1.5 lakhs.
Police said that the beggar used to live alone in the house at a slum in Southeast Mumbai’s Govandi. He left behind a voter identity card, PAN card and Aadhaar card and the room is littered with old newspapers and polythene bags.
The police officer said that the beggar, Birju Chandra Azad died in an accident while trespassing on railway track between Govandi and Mankhurd station.
The police traced his house in the slum after his accident on October 4 as they went looking for his relatives and it was then when the police stumbled upon the wealth that the beggar probably saved over a long period of time.
According to reports, the police will now contact the bank authorities to keep the fixed deposits safe. Police have also taken the coins for safekeeping and are looking for any relative or family members.