MP's stolen royal cannon seized from Mumbai

Bhopal: The Mumbai's Dharavi police seem to have solved a five-year-old theft case at Shivpuri's Narwar Fortress. The police have recovered an antique cannon from a person, member of a former royal family of Madhya Pradesh.

Pratap Pal Singh (52), a native of Shivpuri, was arrested by the Dharavi police in Mumbai on Tuesday for possessing a 20.5-inch cannon which he allegedly intended to sell for Rs. 1 crore.

The cannon is made of ashtadhatu—an amalgam of eight metals, including gold and silver.

Sources in the state archaeology department said, the cannon seized from Singh's possession is similar to the one that was stolen from Narwar Fortress on the intervening night of August 20-21, 2007.

The size and metal of the seized cannon is akin to the one stolen from Shivpuri, they said.

The complaint lodged with the Shivpuri police in 2007 sates, two Mughal era cannons, about five feet long each, were stolen from Narwar Fortress - a state protected monument. While one of the cannon was found dumped at the backyard of fort a week later, other remained untraced.

"We could not recover the second cannon despite all efforts," the then superintendent of police Shivpuri D C Sharma said.

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