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Antique objects remain a mystery, ASI team fails to decipher age, metal

punjab Updated: Jun 28, 2014 22:40 IST
Sachin Sharma

The antique objects, recovered during digging in a shop at Sirki Bazaar here on Friday, still remain a mystery as a team of the officials of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) could not decipher the age and the metal used to make them.

The ASI team from Chandigarh, headed by archaeological officer Rajinder Singh Bath, on Saturday, inspected the site and the objects recovered.

Bath said that the ASI will conduct a 'carbon dating test' on these objects to ascertain their age and laboratory tests to find out of which metal they are made of.

Meanwhile, the digging by the shop owner, Raj Kumar, at a place falling within the regulatory area of 300-metre radius of the protected monument of Quila Mubarak, has also raised questions over the legality of the digging. The objects were found after about 15-foot digging of the site.

"The site is within the 300-metre radius of Quila Mubarak and no digging work can be carried out at the site without the prior permission of the ASI."

He also suspected that, going by the size of the metallic pot in which the objects were kept, showed that there could have been more objects in the pot that could have been removed.

Bath said that some words are written on the brick in Persian language and the help of the people knowing Persian will be taken to know their meaning.

The team will submit a report on the objects to the director of ASI at Chandigarh on Monday after which further action on the objects will be taken.

The police had, on Friday, taken control of the antique objects including a metallic pot, two small idols of Hindu God Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi, two bangles, earrings and a metallic brick, after they were informed of the recovery of the objects.

Meanwhile, SHO, Kotwali police station, Mahesh Saini, said that the police will go ahead in this case according to the directions of the ASI.

'Digging a prophecy'

Meanwhile, the owner of the shop, from where the antique objects were found, said the prophecy by a woman saint about the hidden objects had inspired
him to dig the site.

He said as the woman saint had told him that some antique objects were buried at that place so he continued digging the site up to about 15 feet till the objects were found.

However, the ASI team did not believe in his logic of a prediction of a saint about the objects.