Bhubaneswar: Finally, the Puri district administration along with the Puri Municipality began demolishing structures in Mangu mutt that come within the 75-metre-area around the Shree Jagannath Temple.
According to reports, the eviction was undertaken in the presence of Sub-Collector of Puri, Tehsildar, and Municipality Executive Officer. As many as four platoons of police personnel were deployed.
It may be noted that Mangu Mutt, also known as Punjabi Mutt, is associated with the Sikh community. Recently, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had urged his Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik not to raze the mutt in view of religious importance of the Ministry.
Yesterday, a structure next to the Mutt had been pulled down.
The two-storey Mangu Mutt comes within the 75-metre radius of the 12th-century shrine, which is being vacated under the State Government’s mega plan to develop Puri into a World Heritage City.
The mutt was built in 1615, according to official records.