After 12 days of digging,Congress washes hands off Unnao excavation

ASI has called off its gold hunt,which yielded no results,near a temple in UP's Unnao district.

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: March 12, 2014 5:55 pm

With 12 days of gold digging in a village in Uttar Pradesh on the basis of a seer’s dream yielding no results,Congress on Tuesday washed its hands off the matter saying the party and the government have nothing to do with it as such decisions are taken by agencies concerned on technical ground.

“Any technical agency will take a decision on technical ground. Congress and government have nothing to do with it,” party spokesperson PC Chacko said as the archaeological excavations did not find any gold supposed to be buried under the ruins of a 19th century fort in Unnao.

Pointed out that the excavation was done at the instance of Union minister Charan Das Mahant,who had urged the government to do it on the basis of seer Shoban Sarkar’s dream,Chacko said that the minister might have given some preliminary information but the agencies would have done only after some examination.

“Anyway this was not a decision by the Congress,” he said.

Sub-divisional Magistrate Vijay Shanker Dubey said that 4.80 metres digging was done till Monday,which was stopped after further digging of 10 centimetres.

Meanwhile,Shobhan Sarkar’s disciple Omji took a U-turn from his earlier claim of discovering gold and Nalanda-like civilisation at the site.

Talking to reporters he said that the gold would not be discovered until and unless Shobhan Sarkas wishes so.

The gold was meant for the Reserve Bank of India so that the economic condition of the country stabilises,Omji said,adding,that the gold would not be recovered until the process of depositing it in the RBI was complete.

The excavation work yielded only pottery and artefacts supposed to be dating back to first century BC.

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