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Rajab 1424 H
September 2003
Volume 16-09 No : 201
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Honest Muslim Supervisor Makes News in Mumbai
Kayamuddin Pukhrimayum
A M Khusroo
Samad Shaikh, Police Inspector
Dr Syeda Tawkhira Tabassum

Honest Muslim Supervisor
Makes News in Mumbai

By M.Hanif Lakdawala

Stereotypes about the Muslim in the media are quite well known. But when there is an exception its send a strong stimuli which present the positive image of the community.

There are few people who would return a briefcase containing around Rs 8,000 in cash and numerous credit cards. But Abdul Wahab Ansari at the parking lot of Terminal 2C at Mumbai Sahar International Airport did just that recently.

S M Basu, a senior official with Standard Chartered, had landed in Mumbai at 11.30 pm from Singapore by a Singapore Airlines flight. He exited the airport at 11.35 pm and handed over his trolley to his chauffeur, who had come to pick him up. The trolley had a suitcase and a briefcase wedged behind it.

Basu drove home, dropping his chauffeur Gabriel off on the way. When he reached his home in Breach Candy and unloaded his luggage, he realised his briefcase was missing.

Basu said, “I panicked when I realised the briefcase had been left behind on the trolley. Briefcase contained Irreplaceable documents relating to work in Singapore. Credit cards,Foreign currency worth around Rs 7,000,Some Indian currency, less than than Rs 1,000 and Driving license. I started making frantic calls to friends living near the airport to ask them to try and retrieve it. “Around 1 am, I got a call on my mobile from Abdul Wahab Ansari, who said my briefcase had been found in the airport parking lot.”

“The briefcase is safe and can be picked up before 9 am tomorrow, as I will be on duty till then,” Ansari told Basu. “I was relieved and slept peacefully that night thinking that even if the money had been stolen at least my documents would be safe,” added Basu.

Early next morning, Basu went to the airport and retrieved his briefcase. “When I opened it, I noticed the foreign currency was missing. But Ansari took the cash out of his shirt pocket and handed it to me. I was first shocked and then very happy.”

“I kept the money with me as the briefcase was lying in the common room,” explained Ansari, when spotted at the car park the next day. Ansari said, “I opened the briefcase and found Basu’s cell phone number. I gave everything back and shared the money he gave us as a reward with the boys at the parking lot.”

Before going back to work noting down car numbers, Pandi said quietly, “It’s not often that someone leaves luggage behind on a trolley, but when they do they will get it back.”

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PEOPLE

ORBITUARY

Kayamuddin Pukhrimayum

Noted Manipuri poet, writer, novelist literary and cultural activist, Kayamuddin Pukhirmayum passed away on July 13, 2003 in a tragic jeep accident near Imphal. He is survived by his wife, Jumera Begum and 5 children (3 sons and 2 daughters)

Born in July 1953 at Keirao Makting village, Menjor ingkhol a Muslim settlement on the western bank of the Iril River in Imphal East District, Manipur, Kayamuddin started writing poems, novels in his mother tongue, Manipuri (Meiteilon) since his early childhood.

Kayamuddin was associated with a number of cultural, literary and social organizations of Manipur. He was the Secretary of ICRA, Manipur (Islamic Cultural and Research Association) Muslim writers Forum, Manipur Liberty Publishing Association, Imphal (which published most of his books). He was closely associated with the oldest literary organization of the State Maipur Sahitya Parisha, Imphal and was serving as its Joint Secretary.

Kayamuddin also worked as editor of monthly journals entitled “Khonthang” (1978-80), “Pandam” (1980) “Miungshel” (1980-81) and also of a fornightly called, “Ima Leibak” (the only Muslim mouthpiece now stopped publishing).

A M Khusroo

Mr A M Khusroo

A M Khusroo, Former Chairman of the Finance Commission and former vice-chancellor or AMU, A. M. Khusroo, passed away. He was 78. Mr. Khusroo, who was also a former Vice-Chancellor of the Aligarh Muslim University and a former Member of the Planning Commission, had undergone a heart surgery on August 7. He is survived by a son and a daughter.

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Honours

Samad Shaikh, Police Inspector, Crime, Bandra, Received President's Medal Recently

Samad Shaikh

Shaikh holds the distinction of being the recipient of nearly 200 police awards in his career, which has spanned 20 years. He also received a number of public awards. Shaikh is more popularly known for not taking a single sick leave in his career in the police. Shaikh joined the force as a sub-inspector at Dadar police station and has worked at six police stations after that, including his present posting at Bandra. He has also worked at the Anti-Corruption Bureau, Special Protection Unit and the Immigration office.

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Dr Syeda Tawkhira Tabassum

Dr Syeda Tawkhira Tabassum

Dr Syeda Tawkhira Tabassum, daughter of Syed Abdul Basith secure the first rank for RGHUS, Karnataka state in Periodontia, A B Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental sciences, Bangalore.

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