Bhubaneswar, December 11 (LocalWire): The local administration on Wednesday reiterated that it is committed to protecting Mangu mutt deities, a day after Punjab Chief Minister Captian Amarinder Singh expressed his deep concern over the demolition of parts of the mutt in Puri.
The mutt, the abode of the Nanak Panthis of Sikh community is located on the proximity of 12th century Jagannath temple.
“The deities are being protected while the commercial shop and the illegally constructed structures are being bulldozed,” district collector Balwant Singh told the LocalWire.
The state government has recently launched the eviction drive to convert Puri into a World Heritage city. It has reached 4th day today.
During the ongoing demolition exercise, the permanent structures within 75-metre radius of Meghanad Prachir, the compound wall of Shree Jagannath Temple are being cleared.
‘We are doing no harms to the deities of the medieval era mutt”, Singh said.
‘The administration is paying due regard towards religious sentiments of Sikhs’ he added.
Similarly, we are adopting the policy of protecting the deities of Mangu and Punjabi mutts, which are mostly visited by people from Sikh communities, he said.
The clarification came a day after Punjab Chief Minister Captian Amarinder Singh expressed deep concern following reports that parts of Mangu mutt (monastery) were demolished.
“I am shocked to hear that some part of Mangu Mutt in Puri has been demolished” Singh bemoaned in his official twitter handle seeking Odisha chief minister’s intervention in the matter.
“This is the year of Guru Nanak Dev Ji and the least we can do is to preserve his heritage. I would request @Naveen_Odisha ji for immediate intervention”, he tweeted.