A site of the revolt of 1857 in Unnao, central UP, can yield 1,000 tonnes of gold if the dream of a seer turns out to be true.
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has begun clearing the points marked for excavation around the fort of King Ram Bux Singh, a martyr of the mutiny, because a seer received a revelation in his dream that 1,000 tonnes of gold lay buried there.
After three visits to the fort in the past 14 days, ASI teams will begin to dig on October 18, though without preliminary studies it conducts before such an exercise.
For the start, the ASI has opted for the mapping of the site by the Geographical Survey of India (GSI), which is likely to submit its report in a day or two.
“We have orders from the director-general’s office to take up excavation,” said PK Mishra, superintendent archaeologist, ASI, Lucknow.
Unnao district magistrate VK Anand met the head priest of the Shobhan Sarkar temple and briefed him about the developments.
The king supposedly came to the head priest in his dream and told him about the hidden treasure. One of his associates by the name Swami Om gathered evidence, which, the priest said, confirmed that gold was there.
The head priest suggested 20% of the treasure should be invested in the development of the local area, Buxar, and the government could keep the rest. With this suggestion he met Union minister of state for agriculture Charan Dass Mahant in New Delhi and pressed him for an excavation.