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Coins worth Rs 1.5 lakh were recovered from the house of Azad a “millionaire” beggar

In what might seem unbelievable, the Vashi railway police team found a fixed deposit worth Rs 7.7 lakh with several banks and at least Rs 1.5 lakh in coins from the house of a beggar in Mumbai.

Identified as Birju Chandra Azad (82), who sought alms in local trains, died on Friday after he was run over by a train. He was trying to cross railways tracks near Govandi station.

Following his death, the police went looking for his family when they traced his house tom a slum in Govandi. What they discovered inside was beyond belief — documents revealing a fixed deposit investment to the tune of Rs 7.7 lakh as well as a gunny bag full of coins.

The policemen who went inside could not come for a while as they spent hours counting the coins that tallied up to Rs 1.5 lakh.

Azad has left behind a voter identity card, PAN card and Aadhaar card, the police said.

Meanwhile, his family has been located in Rajasthan and the police will hand over the money to them.


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