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India digs for treasure on tip from Hindu holy man

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UNNAO, India (AP) - Archaeologists are digging for treasure beneath a 19th century fort after a popular Hindu holy man said a former king appeared to him in a dream and told him of the cache.

Hindu swami Shobhan Sarkar believes a 1,000-ton treasure worth almost $50 billion is beneath King Rao Ram Baksh Singh's fort in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. Sarkar's disciple Swami Om Ji says Daundia Khera villagers have found silver and gold coins in the area in Unnao district, about 80 kilometers southwest of the state's capital of Lucknow.

District Magistrate Vijay Karan Anand says an underground survey found evidence of heavy metal, which could only be confirmed as gold, silver or precious gems with the digging that started Friday.

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