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October 31 2013

After 11 days of digging for the 1,000 tonnes of gold at the Daundia Khera village in Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh, it's Peepli Dead now. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has hit a dead-end in the digging and doesn't seem interested in continuing with it.

Formally, the site has nothing very special even in terms of archaeological value, said BR Mani, additional director general, ASI. Informally, the local seer, Shobhan Sarkar, who had dreamt of the treasure and had convinced Union Minister of State Charan Das Mahant to get the site excavated, perhaps had a stomach disorder and was having a bad dream.

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