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Unnao seer’s gold rush gathers steam

Haidar Naqvi, Hindustan Times  Kanpur, October 16, 2013
First Published: 10:58 IST(16/10/2013) | Last Updated: 19:18 IST(16/10/2013)

This seer now has another dream.

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This time it tells of a far bigger gold haul buried around the ancient remains of temples in Fatehpur, 80 km south of Kanpur.

The revelation comes when the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is all prepared to take up excavation at the King Ram Bux Singh’s fort in Unnao, merely on the seer’s dream.

The seer, the head priest of revered Shobhan Sarkar temple sent his emissary Swami Om to the district magistrate Fatehpur, Abhay Kumar on Tuesday to commission digging at Adampur—another site for 1857.

Adampur, a small village on the banks of river Ganga, six km north of Malwa, has many ancient temples close to the riverbed.

Swami Om says no less than 2,500 tonnes of gold was hidden in those ruins.

“Gold in Unnao is buried deep, at least 20 metres from the surface,” said Swami Om. But the gold in Adampur could be retrieved easily.

“I can show it to anyone. It is buried close to the surface. All we need is proper security and the right intent.”

The swami had earlier met Adampur gram sabha members who passed a resolution for excavation on a condition similar to one put forth in Unnao - twenty percent of the find would be spent on development of Adampur and the rest would remain with the government.

His meeting with the collector was about learning the status of the resolution, which has been forwarded to the state government.

The collector who spoke to him on the telephone assured to mail him his feedback by Tuesday night.

However, he said he would comply with the directives of the state government about the excavation.

Back in Unnao, the fort has become a centre of attraction for people.

The district authorities are monitoring the clearing of points marked for excavation.

“The dense bushes covering the places are being removed like the ASI experts wanted us to do,” said Vijay Shankar Dwivedi, subdivisional magistrate, Bighapur.

The ASI, which will begin digging up the places from October 18, will rely on basic way of excavation using spades and shovels.

Its experts will not employ the non-destructive technique, which entails heavy use of technology.

PK Mishra, superintendent archaeologist, ASI UP circle clarifies that the terrain requires the old way of digging.

“Experts have seen the place several times and think that would be the right way for excavation.”


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