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Sadhu’s dream turns to dust, ASI finds no gold at Unnao fort

All this had started after seer Shobhan Sarkar alias Viraktanand Swamy dreamt that huge quantities of gold were buried at that spot. This sent the ASI scurrying to unearth the ‘hidden treasure’.

However, the ASI, which began excavation work on 18 October, said there was no gold beneath Raja Ram Rao Baksh Singh’s fort at Daundiya Kheda in Uttar Pradesh, contrary to the seer’s claims. During the excavation, the ASI managed to unearth only remnants of a brick wall, pieces of rusted iron and broken glass bangles.

The agency started the excavation work almost three months after Shobhan Sarkar told union minister Charan Das Mahant that he had dreamt of a 1,000-tonne gold treasure buried on the fort premises at Daundia Khera.

Washing its hands off the matter, the Congress on Tuesday said the party and the government have nothing to do with it as such decisions are taken by agencies concerned.

‘Any agency will take a decision on technical grounds. Congress and government have nothing to do with it,’ party spokesperson PC Chacko said as the archaeological excavations failed to find gold.

When told that the excavation was done at the instance of Charan Das Mahant, who in turn had urged the government to do so on the basis of Shoban Sarkar’s dream, Chacko said the minister might have given some preliminary information but the agencies would have gone ahead only after examination. ‘Anyway this was not a decision by the Congress,’ he said.

Sub-divisional magistrate of the area Vijay Shanker Dubey, while talking to Millennium Post, said 4.80 metres of digging was done till Monday, which was stopped after further digging of 10 centimetres.
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