Did Uchani steal Sheesh Mahal stones?

The Lahore Fort curator said that Uchani had not sought permission to take away stones from the courtyard, a part of the World Heritage site. He said Punjab Archaeology Department (PAD) Director General Oriya Maqbool Jan had been informed. Jan said he would file a case against Mohan Lal with the police for stealing the stones. Mohan Lal Uchani refused to comment. Last year, Uchani had accused Northern Circle Director Saleemul Haq of stealing cut stones inlaid in a marble slab in the Takht-e-Shahi at Lahore Fort, but a committee headed by Jan acquitted him. “It seems ridiculous that he stole a stone that costs Rs 1,000 and is abundantly available in the market,” said the committee’s report, adding that the allegation was made and projected in newspapers “to malign some individuals”.


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