A video showing hundreds of villagers digging a small hill in the village to unearth “diamond” has gone viral on Thursday. An area at Wanching village in Mon district in Nagaland along Myanmar border triggered a glittering surprise over rumours about deposits of diamond. The villagers have reportedly dug out diamond-like stones from the hill. According to sources in Mon, the villagers are camping in the area and trying to dig out the precious metal.
The quantity and quality of the stones obtained from the area could not be confirmed immediately. “Reports apparently of #Diamond found in #Wanching village #Mon district #Nagaland,” director general (prisons and jails) of Nagaland police Rupin Sharma, who was also the director-general of the state police, tweeted on Thursday. Mon deputy commissioner Thavaseelan K. told over the phone that some stones have been found in the village area however the details about stones not known. It is yet to find whether these stones are diamond or any other metal.
The commissioner said the Nagaland geology and mining department is sending a team to study the stones. According to an Indo-German study published in the journal Current Science, “ophiolite” rocks of Nagaland, which is a part of the Indo-Myanmar ranges, may potentially hold “micro diamonds” – diamonds of small size, less than one millimeter.