Puri, Jan 18: A JCB operator was critically injured during an eviction drive in holy city Puri on Saturday.
The injured operator, identified as Laxmidhar Muduli, has been admitted to the district headquarters hospital, Puri.
A portion of the building he was demolishing collapsed on the excavator during the eviction drive.
The district administration had launched the eviction drive on August 19 in Puri within 75 meters from Srimandir boundary.
Later, the drive was halted due to opposition of monks.
The administration resumed the drive on Friday from Kakudikhai Chaka.