British-era cannon balls unearthed in Pune
Pune: Hundreds of cannon balls,believed to be from the British era,were recovered from a water pipeline project site in Maharashtras Khadak police colony on Thursday.
Sanjeev Dalvi,an engineer from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASIPune region),said an inspection of the cannon balls revealed they were manufactured by the British after the Peshwas regime ended in the 15th century.
The ASI will request the Deccan college to examine the explosives and submit a report on the historical importance of the discovery.It will then be decided whether the cannon balls will be kept in ASI custody or sent to our museum in Mumbai, Dalvi said.
Two labourers involved in digging work first spotted some cannon balls.When they saw a large number of explosives,they alerted the contractor,Dashraht Alhat.He rushed to spot immediately,said Mallesh Maeil,a labourer.The contractor first thought it was gold.However,after examining them,he realised they were explosives.He then alerted the Khadak police, Maeil added.
Senior inspector Ganpat Nikam of Khadak police station said 824 cannon balls,weighing 2.5 kg each,were recovered.Police have requested the southern commands bomb disposal squad to examine the explosives and submit a report.