Kanpur:An ancient chest, around 4 quintals in weight, was found during digging of a basement in the house of a villager in Bani Para village in Rura area of Kanpur Dehat district on Wednesday.
As soon as the news spread, locals thronged the house. In the meanwhile, someone informed the police. A team of police and district officials rushed to the spot and started investigations to find the antiquity of the chest.
Tehsildar Derapur Lal Singh, who heard about the discovery of the giant- sized steel chest, asked his subordinates to take its possession under the supervision of police.
The action unfolded in the evening of Wednesday when a JCB machine was roped in for digging of a basement to lay foundation of the house by its owner Shankar Dayal Tripathi at Bani Para village.
During digging, the driver noticed the chest in the mud and alerted Tripathi.
“On cleaning it, Tripathi realized that it could be containing something precious from the ancient era. Subsequently, he tried to open it, but in vain,” a villager recounted to district officials.
Inspector Rura Prabhat Singh said: “The total weight of the chest is around 4 quintals. It has a unique ancient design. Once all formalities will be in place, we will open it in the presence of senior officials. We have also sought help of the archaeological department for its examination.”