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Indian labourers find missing WWII gold
February 1, 2011
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February 01, 2011 6:30PM

INDIAN labourers have unearthed gold bars from a British cargo ship that blew up killing hundreds of people while docked in Mumbai during World War II, a report says.

Workers discovered gold bars from the SS Fort Stikine late yesterday while digging a new dock in the port city, The Mumbai Mirror newspaper reported.

Further dredging would now be conducted to see if more can be found, it added.

Preliminary examinations suggested that the gold - in two bars weighing 100 grams and 50 grams - was from the stricken ship, a senior police officer was quoted as saying.

"The contractors have told us about having found gold and the bars belonging to the lot that had sunk with (the) Fort Stikine," said senior officer Quaisar Khalid.

The Fort Stikine was carrying a cargo of cotton bales, gold, explosives and munitions and had not been unloaded when it caught fire at Victoria Docks in the city then known as Bombay on April 14, 1944.

The resulting blast scattered debris for kilometres, fires raged for days and dozens of other vessels in port were destroyed. Between 200 and 800 people were reported to have been killed.

The gold, with an estimated worth of between one and two million pounds at the time, was destined for a city bank to offset the impact of the war on Indian exchange rates.

Some of the gold was found up to the 1970s and returned to the British government but none has been found since then, the daily tabloid said.

February 1, 2011
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What are the laws about having to give it back?

February 1, 2011
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The Mumbai blast was just like the Port Chicago Blast in San Francisco

We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm

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