Holy man dreams of $61b trove

Holy man dreams of $61b trove
Onlookers stand at the site where the state archaeological survey of India has sent a team of archaeologists to start digging at Daundia Khera village in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

INDIA - An Indian holy man had a dream.

A former king appeared before him and told him of a US$50 billion (S$61 billion) treasure buried under a 19th Century fort in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

The holy man said the spirit of King Rao Ram Baksh Singh, who was hanged in 1858 after an uprising against British colonial forces, told him to take care of the 1,000-tonne treasure hidden under the late king's fort.

Thankfully, Mr Shobhan Sarkar didn't try to dig the treasure all by himself.

He relayed his dream to an Indian minister during their meeting at the holy man's ashram, AP reported.

Indian ministers' greed for money is well documented, but strangely, this minister didn't think it wise to go after the treasure.

He roped in Indian geological and archaeological officials. They surveyed the area and found evidence of heavy metal about 20m underground, District Magistrate Vijay Karan Anand said.

Digging would be the only way to confirm the type of metal, he said.

The Archaeological Survey of India said it would begin digging under a temple contained within the ruins of the old fort.

Interested parties have already lined up to stake a claim to the treasure, believed to be in gold and silver.

One of the king's descendants, Mr Navchandi Veer Pratap Singh, said "if gold is really found there, we should get our share".

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