Toba Tek Singh: On Friday, a crew from the district administration destroyed hundreds of homes that had been unlawfully erected on property given to the archaeological department for the past 50 years at Tibba Singarwala.

The department was given land near Ravi, which is now under the administration of the Harappa Museum. Deputy Commissioner Umer Javed and Kamalia Assistant Commissioner Irfan Hinjra headed the operation.

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660 items of various kinds were unearthed during excavations at the site, according to deputy head of the archaeology department Muhammad Hassan. Terracotta artefacts such as large and small bowls, human moulds, animal and person figures, clay beads, iron objects, shell, glass, and copper bangles, and stone objects such as pestles and whetstones were among them, he added. He stated that the layered layers’ ceramic assemblage demonstrated their practical character.

He said that after receiving repeated notifications, the persons who encroached on the site and constructed buildings atop Kamalia’s centuries-old mound (Tibba Singarwala) were refusing to leave the archaeological department’s property.

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He claimed that the DC had been informed by Harappa Museum Curator Ahmad Nawaz Tippu that 20 acres of land had been allotted to the archaeology department, as shown in the Kamalia tehsil’s revenue record of Jamabandi from 2008, but that the encroachers incorrectly claimed ownership of the land for several decades.

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