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Soldier Picks Wallet with Money & Hands Over to the Owner

[2012-07-21 09:01:22]

Honesty of a soldier serving in Thirunelveli area helped a woman in Puttur to get back her lost money and other valuable documents on Friday (20). Mrs. M. Thevamani, on Thursday (19) was returning from the bank where she pawned her jewelries to find money for a personal requirement. But on returning the home, the poor lady found that her wallet was missing with Rs. 41000/=, two bank money withdrawing cards, one driving license and the pawning receipts. She immediately lodged a complain at the Atchuvely Police in this effect.

Meanwhile, Corporal E.M. Tikiri Banda attached to the 5th Sri Lank Light Infantry (5 SLLI) who noticed an unattended wallet on the roadside in Thirunelveli picked it up and found the money and several documents inside. He took swift action to hand it over to the Commander 511 Brigade Colonel Wijendra Goonathilake through the Commander 5 SLLI Lt. Col. G.A.L. Kithsiri. Having dialed a telephone number found from inside the wallet, Army could establish its ownership and ascertained that Mrs. M. Thevamani of Puttur was the owner.

During the brief function held to hand over a house built by the Army for a needy family at Atchelu on Friday (20), Commander Security Forces - Jaffna (SF-J) Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe handed over the wallet to Mrs. M. Thevamani who received it amidst tears of delight and gratitude.

Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe appreciated the commendable deed of Corporal Tikiri Banda and thanked him profusely for his soldierly behavior.

He was awarded a prize and a certificate appreciating his service.

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