Pakistani cab driver saved an Indian girl in Dubai. Here’s their story
The Indian student lost her wallet having UK visa a day before returning from Dubai.
A Pakistani cab driver Modassar Khadim became a savior for an Indian girl Raechel Rose as he returned her lost wallet containing her UK student visa. She had to return for her studies after a winter break with her parents.
However, what makes this cross-border story of empathy and care more heartwarming is that Modassar went all the way back to return her belongings while the family was searching for it in panic.
Rose, who went back to Manchester on January the 8th, lost her wallet in Khadim’s cab on the evening of January the 4th. Rose is a corporate law student at Lancaster University and was attending her friend’s birthday party in Dubai, where she completed her graduation.
“She had got into his taxi with another friend near Burjuman around 7.30pm on January 4,” said her mother, Sindhu Biju, while taking to the Gulf News.
“Just then, they saw their other friends in another car and decided to join them. They immediately left the taxi and Rose didn’t realize that she left her wallet behind.”
She had to return for an exam:
After reaching at her friend’s place, Rose realized that she had lost her wallet. It contained her UK residence permit card [T4 student visa], her Emirates ID, UAE driving license, health insurance card, credit card and more than one thousand dhirams in different currencies.
Rose started panicking because she had an important exam on January the 13th that could not be delayed.
“She did not have a copy of the visa. When she called the university, she was told she might have to apply for a visa again. Though she was in tears, she rushed to the police station to report the matter.”
Her father took her to the mall where, with the help of police, she went through the CCTV footage. However, it was futile as the number plate of the car was not clear in the footage. ”Since they had not started the journey, the driver had not started the meter. Hence, it was difficult to trace the driver through the RTA call center,” said Sindhu, Rose’s father.
Khadim tries to trace her:
Meanwhile, after two rides, Khadim noticed her wallet sitting on the front seat. He opened it to find contact information but he could only see cards and cash. When he reached the police station, another cab driver advised him to trace down the number of the wallet owner as the procedures might take longer.
He tried to find the number through Etisalat by giving her Emirates ID number and through the insurance company by providing the insurance card number. However, his efforts failed because the privacy clauses of the companies did not permit it.
“Finally, the RTA call center called me back when I was finishing my duty at 3.30am and verified the details that matched with their complaint. I was given their number following which I went to their house to drop the wallet,” Khadim told.
He was awarded Dh600 by the happy family. Khadim refused to take it and said that Rose is like his younger sister, but they insisted and he accepted the reward. The family from Kerala also wrote a letter to RTA appreciating Khadim.