Guwahati: A Madhya Pradesh labourer became a millionaire overnight after he unearthed a 26.11 – carat diamond, worth over Rs 1 crore, in a shallow mine.
The precious stone was found by Sushil Shukla, a resident of Kishoreganj in Panna town, and his partners in a shallow mine located near Krishna Kalyanpur area.
Reportedly, the gem will be put up for auction in a couple of days and the proceeds would be given to the miner after the deduction of government royalty and taxes.
Shukla, who runs a small scale brick kiln business on a rented land, told reporters that he and his family were also involved in the diamond mining work for the last 20 years, but this was the first time that he unearthed such a big gem.
Panna district, located 380 km from the state capital Bhopal, has reserves estimated to be containing diamonds worth 12 lakh carats, according to officials.