While cleaning out lockers in a school in India, employees uncovered hidden cash and pure gold – a fortune worth in excess of $200,000.
Per the “Clean India” campaign, the Kendriva Vidyalaya School near western Indian city of Ahmedabad was being cleaned when workers discovered the stash inside five unused lockers in the staff room, according to The Hindu website.
“While cleaning, Mr. Kumar and his staff spotted a locker stack in teachers’ room, which was lying unused and gathering dust,” said Chandkheda police inspector K.K. Desai. “Out of 20-odd lockers, staff could not find keys of five lockers.”
The staff were cleaning dirty lockers when they found the 10 million Indian rupees, worth approximately $162,000, and in another locker they found more than 2 kilograms of gold bars, which police said were solid gold and worth nearly $97,000.
“To determine the period when the valuables were kept is important to trace the person who might have kept them in the lockers,” Desai told the Indian newspaper. “We have sought the details of the teachers and school staff who had access to the said lockers in the past five to six years. We are also questioning the staff to ascertain whether they had seen any member bringing in the purse or suitcase in which the money was found.”
The school is located 180 miles north of Mumbai and the school claims that the lockers had not been used for two or three years, according to the The Times of India. Nobody has come forward to claim the contents, according to India’s NDTV.
The school’s head says the lockers have not been assigned to anyone in the two years he has worked there.
“We have questioned many staff members and teachers, but we have been so far unable to trace the person who put those bags into these lockers,” Desai explained, adding that a majority of the notes found were old.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Clean India” campaign seeks to improve sanitation and hygiene throughout the country and was ultimately the reason why the school had been cleaning up the place,” according to the NY Post.