While a 60-year-old vegetable vendor, Bhagwan Dende, lost his wallet containing Rs 8,000, others had to bear with the ordeal of being looked upon with suspicion and that of being stranded in the scorching heat about 7 km away from their destination.
Dende was going to an ST stand to return home in Ahmednagar when he lost his wallet. He then requested the conductor to stop the bus so that he can search for his wallet. The driver agreed to halt, but no sooner had he taken the bus aside that the bus’s steering wheel jammed.
After waiting for a long time, the conductor made a provisional arrangement for passengers. “As the bus was on contract, we had to get it repaired from a private mechanic at Katraj,” the conductor said. Rahul, Dande’s son, said, “Ours was a double loss, as we lost our money and my father could not get back home on time.”