Why are villagers digging a dry river bed in Madhya Pradesh?
In a rather bizarre turn of events, people from the Shivpura and Garudpura villages of Rajgarh district, Madhya Pradesh, have been camping on a riverside for nearly three days. And no, this is not because of some festival or music event.
About eight days back, some fishermen found some coins in the area following which the villagers started gathering on the banks of river Parbati.
While speaking to a leading news daily, locals said that ever since some fishermen found some coins there, people have been looking for the same.
According to media reports, some fishermen found ancient coins on the riverbank, and then a rumour spread that there were Mughal-era treasures in the river.
This rumour drew in people from various districts who gathered in the village for the treasure hunt. Police and district administrative officers were deployed to keep a vigil on the situation and maintain law and order.
Rajgarh Superintendent of Police Pradeep Sharma said, “We are taking care of the law-and-order situation and ensuring people's safety. We are telling them not to believe in rumours.”
Collector Neeraj Kumar Singh said, “We have asked the archaeology department about the importance and the era of the coins. We also checked with jewellers to evaluate the value of the coins, who informed us that coins are made of bronze and iron and don’t have any value"