Motorcycle Diaries: Tamil Nadu Man Steals Bike to Get Back to His Village During Lockdown, Then Couriers It Back

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Motorcycle Diaries: Tamil Nadu Man Steals Bike to Get Back to His Village During Lockdown, Then Couriers It Back

Illustration: Mitesh Parmar

When Suresh Kumar, a Tamil Nadu resident, walked out of his workshop to go home two weeks ago, he discovered that his bike had been stolen. He filed a police report later that day, but little did he know then how far his bike had travelled in the meanwhile.

Two weeks later, on May 29, Kumar was in for another surprise when he discovered that his bike had been delivered back to his registered address.

The local police now say that the bike was taken by a tea seller named Prashanth, who was looking for a way to get his wife and two children back to his hometown from a village in Coimbatore to Thanjavur, even as tough lockdown measures remain in place over the coronavirus pandemic.

In the two weeks during which his bike was missing, Kumar had tried in vain to locate the two-wheeler. On the first day, however, according to reports, the case wasn’t registered by the police because they were busy with lockdown duty.

A few days later, Kumar personally went through CCTV footage of the surrounding areas, when he saw a man wearing no shoes drive off on his bike. After asking around, he identified the man as Prashanth, and went to his house in the village. It was empty.

The case saw no fresh leads until May 29, when the bike was delivered back to Kumar’s home via a courier company. After paying Rs 1,400 for luggage and packaging charges, he was reunited with his two-wheeler.

The police said that they suspect Prashanth had returned the bike out of fear that he would be caught. But the bike’s owner has decided against filing a case because it was in good condition, and he didn’t want the police to confiscate it.

“I can understand the situation of the person who stole my bike. I express my gratitude to him for returning the two-wheeler,” he was later reported to have said.

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