Bhopal: The fortunes of three labourer friends from Panna district, who were going through a rough patch, changed on Friday when they discovered a 12.58-carat diamond during rountine shallow pit mining.
The diamond, valued at Rs30 lakh will be auctioned at district diamond officer’s office soon, and proceeds would be given to the three labourers.
Prakash Sharma and his two friends Nandi and Suresh dug out the diamond from an agricultural land which they took on lease for shallow pit mining. Prakash is a resident of Janakpuri village of Panna district.
Took land on lease
He had taken the land on lease six months back. Sharma said he would invest the money that he gets to start his own business.
Rich diamond deposits
The area is known to have diamond deposits. District mining and diamond officer Santosh Singh said the diamond was found at village Sarkoha, 25 km from Panna. Sharma deposited it with his office on Friday afternoon, Singh said.
- The district is estimated to have reserves of 12 lakh carats of diamond. Every year, hundreds of people come to Panna during this time of the year to take land on lease, and conduct shallow pit mining to find a diamond.
- These people are poor and hope to find at least a diamond or two so that their financial needs can be fulfilled.