Waquar Hasan | Caravan Daily Exclusive
In March 2015, Abdul Wahab had collected the restaurant sale to deposit in the bank. On the way, he had made a halt to offer prayers at a mosque and started clearing some trash which had assembled in the car.
“While clearing the trash from my car I didn’t realise that I had thrown away the bag of money along with other trash. Only when I reached the bank did I realize that the bag of cash was missing. I rushed back to the garbage bin and tried my best to find it, but unfortunately, things were not in my favour on that day” said Wahab, while narrating his painful story to Caravan Daily.
In the aftermath of this loss, he also faced a series of setbacks from his company, which subsequently turned his life upside down.
“I called my General Manager and informed him about what happened straight away, and he suggested that I should file a police case for lost cash” he further wrote. “When I went to file the case, the police told me that lost complaints can be lodged only during morning hours.
When I went to the police station on the following day, they asked me whose money it was, and when I informed them that the money belongs to the company, they said in that case I can’t lodge a complaint by myself and the PRO has to be with me,” said Wahab.
But the company refused to send the PRO (Public Relation Officer) with him to lodge the FIR because the money was insured as stolen, and not lost.
“My passport was with me at that time, so if I had any such intention, I could have easily booked a one-way ticket and moved out of here. Instead, I called the company and told them everything, whereafter, I did not expect such harsh actions in return,” he rued.
Later, the company also took away his passport by fabricating a story. He said that he was aware of the fact that a story was being made up, but he still surrendered his passport, hoping they will be soft in their behavior with him following that. Later, it also demanded a security cheque of the said amount and subsequently, a statement letter signed by him in order to get money from the insurance company.
Upon asking that if there was no FIR in the case, how could the insurance company give any money, he was told that the insurance company was ready to do it under the table.
When he met with all their demands, the company fired him from the job. He was rendered jobless and subsequently, homeless.