Fixed deposits worth Rs 8.77 lakh, at least Rs 1.5 lakh in coins, voter ID card, Aadhaar card and PAN card – this is what Birju Chandra Azad, a beggar who died in an accident while crossing a railway track between Govandi and Mankhurd station in Mumbai, left behind.
When the police went inside Azad’s ramshackled one-room house, they didn’t have any idea that it will take them hours counting the bagful of coins the man had kept inside a dungy bag. The weight was in several kilos. It was hard to lift for one man. The coins tallied up to approximately Rs 1.5 lakh.
They also found documents of fixed deposits worth Rs 8.77 lakh with several banks. Azad was a PAN card holder and left behind a voter ID card and Aadhaar card as his identification documents. The one-room house located in southeast Mumbai’s Govandi slum area is now littered with polythene bags and old newspapers.
The police said that "Birju Chandra Azad died in an accident while trespassing on railway track between Govandi and Mankhurd station.” After the accident on October 4, the police started looking for his relatives.
They somehow got his address and that is when they found his treasure. The police have asked bank to keep his fixed deposits safe and taken the coins into their custody. They are still looking for his relatives.