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Village woman in Madhya Pradesh digs out stone worth Rs 10 lakh

Village woman in Madhya Pradesh digs out stone worth Rs 10 lakh

Bhopal: Chameli Bai, a housewife, was not aware when she dug out the diamond from the leased mine in Madhya Pradesh's Panna district which could be worth lakhs.

Officials are said to have endorsed that the 2.08-carat stone is a good quality one that could fetch up to 10 lakh Rupees in auction, PTI reports.

The woman's husband, who is a farmer, said they wanted to buy a house in Panna city if they get a good price from the auction of the diamond.

Chameli Bai, a housewife, recently found the 2.08 carat diamond in a mine which she had taken on lease in Krishna Kalyanpur Pati area of the district, said Anupam Singh, an official from Panna's diamond office.

The woman deposited the precious stone in the diamond office on Tuesday, the official said.

The diamond will be put up for sale in an upcoming auction and the price will be fixed as per the government guidelines, he said.

The proceeds would be given to the woman after the deduction of government royalty and taxes, officials said.

The woman's husband, Arvind Singh, said they had decided to try their luck in diamond mining and leased a small mine in Krishna Kalyanpur Pati area in March this year.

He said they now plan to buy a house in Panna city with the money from the diamond auction.

Panna district is estimated to have diamond reserves of 12 lakh carats.

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