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Lieutenant Governor Iqbal Singh examining an urn and other objects unearthed at Manaveli.
Lieutenant Governor Iqbal Singh examining an urn and other objects unearthed at Manaveli.

Staff Reporter

Visits the site at Manaveli where a few urns are unearthed

PUDUCHERRY: Lieutenant Governor Iqbal Singh on Monday visited Sudukattu Theru at Manaveli near Ariankuppam, where locals accidentally unearthed a few urns while digging holes to lay foundation for a house.

Mr. Singh along with senior government officials visited the spot and examined the objects found from the construction site.

During his brief stay at the village, Mr. Singh sought to know about the history of place and practices prevalent in earlier times. He directed the administration to immediately seek the assistance of Archaeological Survey of India to find out the antique value of the objects unearthed.

The Lieutenant Governor also urged the administration to extend all support to ASI in their probe.

Sub-Collector (North) P. Jawhar told The Hindu that immediately after the Lieutenant Governor gave the direction, he communicated to the ASI, Chennai Office to conduct a detailed probe into the findings.

The removed objects such as the urn, small pots and tumblers were kept in a protected place and two police constables were posted round the clock to prevent people from digging further.

Following newspaper reports about the finding of urn with skeletal remains and other objects, a large number of people visited the spot on Monday.

Other officials who accompanied the Lieutenant Governor included Development Commissioner Nutan Guha Biswas, Director General of Police Alok Kumar Verma, Officer on Special Duty J. P Singh and Senior Superintendent of Police (Law and Order) B. Srikanth.

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