A farmer Lakhan Yadav in Madhya Pradesh’s Panna had a great stroke of luck as he stumbled upon a 14.98-carat diamond in a 10×10 patch of land that he had taken on lease last month for just Rs 200, The TOI reported. The diamond was auctioned on Saturday for Rs 60.6 lakhs, The 45-year-old farmer said the incident has changed his life. Also Read: Tamil Nadu engineers turned teachers to teach children of farmers, MGNREGA workers
Lakhan Yadav found the diamond while he was scooping up his land last month. Initially, he thought that it was just another pebble, but it shone when he rubbed the dust off it. To confirm his suspicions, Yadav took it to the district diamond officer, to find out if was indeed a real diamond.
Yadav said TOI, “I will not go for anything big. I am not an educated person and I’ll put the money in a fixed deposit to ensure my four kids get a good education.” Also Read: Manjhi 2.0: Tractor is gifted by Anand Mahindra to farmer in Bihar who carved 3 km long canal in 30 years
Yadav has now bought a motorcycle with the first Rs 1 lakh he got after depositing the diamond with the district administration. “I hope to get another diamond. I’ll work on it for a few more months, perhaps get the lease renewed,” Yadav said. Also Read: 25-yr-old Indian jeweller sets world record for designing floral-shaped ring with 12,638 diamonds
This is not the first incident of a farmer finding diamonds in fields. In a similar story, a labourer became a millionaire overnight after unearthing a 6.92-carat diamond, valued at Rs 30 lakh, at a diamond mine in Panna, Madhya Pradesh.
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