Shobhan Sarkar, a holy man in northern India, dreamed that a long-dead king appeared to him and said that 1,000 tons of gold were buried beneath his old fort. His subsequent letters to the government went largely ignored, except by the food and agriculture minister, who ordered the Geological Survey of India to investigate. And they reported there might be gold. The king’s impoverished descendants made their claim, locals wanted it spent on development, and members of the king’s caste said it belonged to them. Only one problem: After a month of digging, no gold was found and it now appears that a member of the survey had tampered with the report and that the site was never likely to have contained gold.