Vil­lagers throng riverbed af­ter cen­tury-old sil­ver coins found

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Front Page - HT Cor­re­spon­dent htraj@hindustantimes.com With in­puts from agen­cies

Vil­lagers are throng­ing the Ban­ganga river in Bharat­pur’s Bhu­sawar hop­ing to fish out sil­ver coin dat­ing back to the early 1990s.

The sil­ver coins, with a photo of King Ge­orge, were found near the banks of the river and they are be­lieved to be­long to the years be­tween 1904 and 1919.

As news spread, vil­lagers from Mala­heda, Hin­gauta, Khan­pur and Bachhren reached the river to col­lect coins. Nearly 50 coins were col­lected by the vil­lagers who went to the river with dig­ging in­stru­ments.

Bharat­pur district col­lec­tor Naren­dra Ku­mar Gupta said of­fi­cials have been asked to en­quire into the mat­ter. “Any­thing which is found un­der­ground is a govern­ment as­set. Le­gal ac­tion will be taken against lo­cals who took the coins from the river,” he said.

Ashish Chaud­hary of Malakheda vil­lage said soil traders were dig­ging near the banks when they found the buried coins.

Di­nesh Singh from Salem­pur Khurd said vil­lagers had been col­lect­ing coins from the river for nearly 20 days. Gen­er­ally, women go early in the morn­ing in search of the coins.

Su­per­in­ten­dent en­gi­neer of ir­ri­ga­tion de­part­ment Phool Singh Meena said that the Ban­ganga flowed from Jaipur and merged with the Ya­muna in Agra. The river de­pends on the mon­soon for wa­ter and had started dry­ing up from 1996 due to lack of rains.

Ear­lier on May 18, few 19th cen­tury sil­ver coins were found dur­ing dig­ging of a plot in vil­lage Kav­tara in Jalore’s Bheen­mal sub-di­vi­sion in Jodh­pur.

HT PHOTO

Vil­lagers search for sil­ver coins on Ban­ganga riverbed in Bharat­pur. Nearly 50 coins were col­lected by the vil­lagers.

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