12.58-carat diamond found in agricultural field in MP's Panna
    Panna (MP), Sep 14 (PTI) A 12.58-carat diamond with
estimated value of about Rs 30 lakh was discovered in an
agricultural field in Madhya Pradesh's Panna district, an
official said Friday.
    While the area is known to have diamond deposits, the
precious stone was found when a farmer was tilling the land.
    District Mining and Diamond Officer Santosh Singh said
the diamond was found in a field leased by farmer Prakash
Kumar Sharma at village Sarkoha, 25 km from here.
    Sharma deposited it with his office Friday afternoon,
Singh said, adding that its value could be around Rs 30 lakh.
    The field is owned by Kedar Nath Raikwar who has
leased it to Sharma for farming, the officer said.
    The raw diamond would be auctioned, and the proceeds
would be given to Sharma after deduction of government royalty
and taxes, he said.
    The district is estimated to have reserves of 12 lakh
carats of diamond. PTI CORR ADU MAS