Would you want the necklace back?

A thief in Kolkata, India, named Sheikh Mohsin snatched a Rs. 45,000 ($1,115) gold necklace from a Bananas woman and, as police were about to apprehend him, swallowed it. So what did the cops do?

Officers then fed him 40 bananas over a few hours believing they would act as a purgative, and sat back and waited for results.

Mohsin passed an uncomfortable night in jail, but not the piece of jewelry. [Link]

Not even some golden bananas. The determined police decided to feed him something more substantial: chicken, rice and bread. That did the trick, undoubtedly earning Mohsin a reputation in jail: "The man whose poop is gold."

Was the necklace returned to its owner? Presumably so. I’m sure she was excited to have it back.

Woman: "My necklace!Thank you! How did you get it?"

Cop: "We caught the thief and he … uh … passed it back to us."

If you enjoyed this piece, you'll love Melvin's novel Bala Takes the Plunge, available in North America through Amazon.com and McNallyRobinson.com You can also find it at major bookstores in India and Sri Lanka or online at FlipKart, IndiaPlaza, FriendsofBooks or other sites. A number of readers have written reviews of the novel. An excerpt of the novel can be read here.


  1. Yes, I remember how I was made to eat a banana and drink a glass of milk every night when I was a child — presumably to ensure ‘regularity’ in the morning. I hate both bananas and milk now.
    However, I am ‘regular’; like clockwork.

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