It’s an early Diwali cheer for a family of a labourer in Panna as on Tuesday as he dug up the second biggest diamonds in the history of Panna’s shallow diamond mines.

The diamond mined by Motilal Pajapati, 30, weighs about 42.9 carat, which is the second heaviest in the history of diamond mines in Panna.

The diamond officer of Panna district Santosh Singh said, “The gem quality precious stone has been valued at over Rs 1.5 crore. We will auction it according to government rules in the coming days.”

Holding tightly the precious stone between his thumb and forefinger posing for TV cameras, jubilant Motilal said, “Maza aa gayaa. This would help serve his elderly mother and father. Hope the poverty of the family will go away.”

Last time it happened in 1961 when the biggest 44.55 carat diamond was found in the shallow mines of Panna, said Santosh Singh diamond officer of Panna.

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