Appearances are often deceptive, they say. And that is probably the best way to sum up this unusual case from Mumbai involving an elderly man who begged for alms. Locals who knew him believed he had no family or money but upon his death, the police uncovered a very different story.
According to The Times of India, Biradichand Pannaramji Azad was an 82-year-old beggar who lived in the slum area of Govandi, Mumbai. On October 4, he was found dead on the tracks allegedly run over by a train between Mankhurd and Govandi stations. After registering an accidental death case, the Vashi Government Railway Police (GRP) began making inquiries and decided to search his home to trace his family, if any.
Hindustan Times quoted sub-inspector Pravin Kamble revealing, “We found four big dabbas (containers) and a barrel. He had hidden coins of Rs 1, Rs 2, Rs 5 and Rs 10 in plastic pouches inside the containers.”
Mumbai: A fixed deposit of Rs 8.77 lakhs & around Rs 1.5 lakhs of cash (mostly coins) recovered by police from the residence of a beggar Burju Chandra Azad in Govandi, who died in an accident while trying to cross a railway track. pic.twitter.com/44ICDXnXTM
— ANI (@ANI) October 7, 2019
“We started counting the coins on Saturday afternoon and by Sunday, we had finished counting Rs 1.75 lakh.”
Senior inspector Nandakumar Saste further added,
“The steel container had documents like a PAN card, an Aadhar Card and a senior citizen card, all in Azad’s name. The documents showed Azad was born on February 27, 1937, and he was earlier living in Baiganwadi, Shivaji Nagar. There were other documents too, which included fixed-deposit receipts, amounting to Rs 8.77 lakh, in two different banks as well as passbooks of savings accounts. The total deposited amount in both banks was Rs 96,000.”
The bank documents state that his nominee is his son Sukhdev who might be living in their hometown of Ramgarh in Rajasthan. The police is currently trying to locate him.