Bhubaneswar, 2 Dec (LocalWire): The Puri district administration today sealed the 400-year-old Punjabi mutt (monastery), a day after IMFL and drug substances were found from inside.
Acting on a tipoff, raids were conducted at the mutt and IMFL bottles besides banned substances like cannabis were recovered from the mutt’ premises, police said today.
The mutt has been sealed as nefarious activities of this nature were found taking place inside.
Police later locked up the mutt in the presence of executive magistrates.
The administration followed the due procedure of law while sealing the mutt, Puri Collector Balwant Singh said.
The demolition was put on hold as a Sikh delegation had urged the state government and the Governor in October not to demolish it as the mutt has connections with Guru Nanak’s legacy.
The Mangu mutt, claimed by Sikh community leaders as the abode of Nanak Panthis, had been razed to the ground by the district administration as part of the demolition exercise of permanent structures within 75-metre-radius of Meghnad Prachir, the compound wall of 12th century Jagannath Temple.
‘The deities of Punjabi mutt, visited by people of the Sikh religion will be preserved,’ the Collector said.
‘We are waiting for orders regarding the demolition of Punjabi mutt,’ he added.