Two men who had spotted an unclaimed bundle of 1,000-rupee notes on a busy road in Kasba on Monday afternoon fought tooth and nail over who should pocket it.
Their fight drew so much attention that it attracted cops and the cash, totalling Rs 1 lakh, was returned to its rightful owner.
Auto driver Dilip Golder and Kasba resident Naresh Yadav had spotted the bundle on BB Chatterjee Road at the same time. Both made a lunge for it.
What followed for the next 10 minutes was a public tug-of-war with the bundle. At one point, they even entered a roadside shop, scuffling.
Unknown to them, an onlooker had called the police.
“There was a ruckus and the two were chasing each other. A section of local people also started running after them,” said Jawed Shamim, the joint commissioner of police, headquarters.
The officer collected the bundle and went to Kasba police station, where leather exporter Tanveer Ibadullah had turned up to lodge a complaint about the money that had fallen out of his pocket. “I had withdrawn it from a bank around noon and decided to meet a client, Sudipta Bose, to wish him for Diwali,” said Ibadullah, a Park Circus resident.
He boarded his car after meeting Sudipta and after a few minutes, noticed the money was missing.
“I called Sudipta at his office to tell him about my loss. After a while, he came out and saw two men scuffling over a bundle of notes. He called the police and told the officer that the money belonged to me.”
“I received a call from Sudipta and rushed to Kasba police station. The money was returned to me,” Ibadullah said.