British-Era Gold Biscuits Seized


"Police seize bygone-era gold from a contract laborer."

Finders Keepers?

The crime branch of Pune police have seized four gold biscuits belonging to the British era, as gauged from the inscription 'Mocatta & Goldsmid Bullion Brokers, London' on them. Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) experts are trying to ascertain how old the biscuits are.

The biscuits together weigh 1.24 kg and are worth Rs 26.6 lakh at current prices. The police arrested a labor contractor who found them during construction work in Chinchwad two years ago and had kept them with him instead of reporting it to the authorities. The police are looking for a laborer who has a fifth biscuit that had been found.

On a tip-off, a police team led by crime branch inspector Satish Govekar arrested Vinod Sukhlal Dali (38) on Tuesday. Dali is from West Bengal and stays in Chinchwad. Govekar said, "During a construction work at old wada (cluster of houses) of one Mr Pardeshi in Chinchwad, Surya, a laborer working under Dali, found the five biscuits, each weighing about 310 grams. Dali gave one to Surya and kept the others with him."

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