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Man From Hardoi Stumbled Upon Treasure, Couldn't Keep It. Here's Why

Written By Bhavya Sukheja | Mumbai | Published:

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  • A man from Uttar Pradesh stumbled upon a treasure trove while digging the foundations for his house.
  • The police seized the jewellery as it could be of archaeological significance.
  • According to the Indian Treasure Trove Act, 1878, anything of any value dug out from earth is legally labelled as a “treasure”.

A man from Hardoi, Uttar Pradesh stumbled upon a treasure trove while digging the foundations for his house. He found jewellery worth Rs. 25 lakh, but unfortunately couldn't keep it. The police seized the jewellery as it appeared to be 100 years old and could be of archaeological significance. The man found 650 gm of gold and 4.53 kg of silver ornaments.

The Superintendent of Police Alok Priyadarshi said, “It was seized as the person whose possession it was found had no relevant papers.” 

The police found out about the jewellery when the information about the find started to spread in the village. The man who found the treasure, at first denied the incident but later confessed having unearthed it. The Hardoi police department also tweeted along with images of the jewellery. 

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Indian Treasure Trove Act

According to the Indian Treasure Trove Act, 1878, anything of any value dug out from earth is legally labelled as a “treasure”. Under section 4 of the Act, the finder is also supposed to inform the district revenue officer either on his own or on receiving a notice. The finder is required to deposit his find or produce it before the authorities when required. However, the finder still has a chance of acquiring the treasure. According to section 11 of the Act, the authorities decide after an enquiry if the treasure belongs to none else. 

Netizens react

The netizens also showed their sympathy towards the finder by tweeting that the man should get at least a part of the treasure.

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(Inputs from PTI)

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