Indian minister on the hunt for 1,000 tonnes of gold after Sadhu dream
The Archaeological Survey of India is reportedly considering digging for a 19th century treasure after a Hindu sadhu dreamt about it and convinced a minister of its whereabouts.
Posted: Monday , 14 Oct 2013
MUMBAI (MINEWEB) -
If any indication were needed about the lengths the Indian government would go to alleviate some of the country's financial troubles, here is proof. The Archaeological Survey of India is reportedly considering digging for a 19th century treasure of 1,000 tonnes of gold, after a Hindu sadhu apparently dreamt about it and convinced a minister of its whereabouts.
Shobhan Sarkar reportedly dreamt that 1,000 tonnes of gold remain buried in the remains of the fort of Raja (King) Rao Ram Bux Singh in Daundiya Kheda village in Uttar Pradesh. Incidentally, the Raja (King) was martyred during the fight with the British in 1857.
Sarkar, who has a large number of followers in the area, claims he dreamt that the King asked him to take control of the gold buried in the remains of his fort. Though Sarkar informed the local administration, the state government and even the Centre in Delhi about the dream, it was scoffed at initially.
However, it seems Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing, Charan Das Mahant decided to pay heed to it after he was given the exact whereabouts of the hidden treasure.
Speaking to a local Hindi television channel, Mahant said, though he was surprised about the discovery, he had written to the Prime Minister, finance minister, home minister and the mines minister about the find.
Mahant said the mines ministry had informed him that a survey conducted by them had reportedly confirmed the presence of gold deposits.
According to reports, the Archaeological Survey of India and the Geological Survey of India were informed about the reserves. Leader of the ruling Congress party Sonia Gandhi and her son, Rahul Gandhi too were informed about the hidden treasure.
The minister has directed the Archaeological Survey of India to begin work on the selected area, and excavation is set to begin from October 18.
Mahant told the channel that the quantity of gold is huge and if the government could excavate it, it could help alleviate the crisis with the rupee.
It doesn't end there though - villagers in the area are excited about unearthing the treasure and the chief of the area, Ajay Pal Singh, has already sent out a list of demands to be met, if the gold is found. Singh's demands include a railway station, a medical college, a girls college, an agriculture research institute, solar power plant and a government job to one member of every family in the village.