A seven-member technical committee visited the Faizabad treasury on Wednesday and identified 122 items of mysterious godman Gumnami Baba that could be put on public display at a museum in Ayodhya.
Many believe that the baba was actually Indian National Army leader Subhas Chandra Bose in disguise, and he had spent the last few years of his life in Faizabad.
The committee – headed by state museum (Lucknow) director Dr Ajay Pandey – reopened nine boxes of the baba’s belongings kept in the Faizabad treasury. The museum where the items would be displayed – called the Ram Katha Sangrahalaya – is being constructed in Ayodhya by the Uttar Pradesh Awas Vikas Parishad.
The identification process was launched on Wednesday under the supervision of additional district magistrate (city) RN Sharma, deputy collector Brij Kishor Dubey, chief treasury officer Rajesh Pandey, administrative officer Satwant Singh Sethi, and local BJP leader Shakti Singh.
The listing of the baba’s belongings had started on February 26 this year, in compliance with a January 2013 Allahabad high court order that his belongings be kept at the museum in Ayodhya.
Dr Pandey said the identification process will continue till the last box was reopened. The identified items would be chemically treated before being displayed, he added.
Among the other experts participating in the identification process are National Archives director Robina Beg, Lucknow University’s professor of Ancient History and Archeology Dr Anoop Chakravarti, conservator (state museum) Rajeev Khare, National Museum DG rank officer PBV Kharbade, chemical analyst (state museum) Mahaveer Singh Chauhan, Ram Katha Sangrahalaya officiating deputy director Yogeshwar Kumar and state museum official Sharada Prasad Tripathi.