Two separate general dairies (GD) about treasures hidden beneath the house had been previously filed
Police and Dhaka District Administration authorities have started digging inside a house in the Mirpur area, in search of treasures.
The question though is, are there any treasures there in the house at all?
Around 10:30 on Saturday morning, digging inside the house started, keeping onlookers and journalists waiting impatiently.
Reporters at the scene kept updating the information to the eager spectators waiting to know what was going on, as incidents of such nature were not heard of in recent times.
However, till 3:30pm nothing was found, and the excavation team stopped work for the day.
Executive Magistrate Md Anwar Uz Jaman, who led the team, told journalists: “They started digging two rooms of the single storied building at Block C of Mirpur 10.
“The building’s foundation is very weak. We have dug four and a half feet so far. Extensive digging will result the collapse of the building. So for safety concerns, excavation has been stopped for the day,” he said.
Anwar also said: “The excavation team will include archaeological and engineering experts and the team will follow their instructions.
“If the experts are available from tomorrow our work will be expedited. Till then, the house will be in police custody” he said.
In the last few days, local people have surrounded the house as news of hidden treasures created a huge buzz in the area.
The house stands on a two-katha area of land and has seven rooms, including a kitchen and a toilet. The rooms which have been dug are on the left. Twenty workers have been given the task of digging. Mirpur police deployed their men to ensure security of the house.
Mirpur Police Station’s Officer In-Charge (OC) Dadon Fakir said: “Monirul Alam, a private job holder, bought the house from a person named Selim Reza in 2010. He appointed two caretakers Shafiqul Islam and Md Sumon. Some rooms were rented out.”
“But recently the tenants were asked to leave the house, as a new building would be constructed there,” he added.
Meanwhile, three or four unidentified persons including a woman came to the caretakers and offered a bribe to get into the house on July 12. They said that treasures were buried in the house. Among them was Abu Tayeb,” said the OC.
“Abu Tayeb hailing from Teknaf had already filed a general diary (GD) with the police station on July 10, claiming that were buried treasures in the house,” said the OC.
“Tayeb claimed that his predecessors buried some gold in the house before leaving for Pakistan after the Liberation War in 1971.
“The present house owner, Monirul Alam, also filed a GD on July 14 urging police to settle the issue. Police later, informed the Dhaka Deputy Commissioner (DC) about the matter. The DC then sent the executive magistrate to oversee the matter, said the OC
The OC further added: “Monirul is now bearing the cost of the excavation. However if any treasure is found that will be confiscated by the government.”