Bhubaneswar, December 23 (LocalWire): All institutions carrying the legacy of Guru Nanak Dev are well protected in the State, Odisha government today reassured a delegation of Sikh community.
Allaying apprehension that the mutts (Monasteries) associated with Sikhism are being demolished as part of the beautification of 12th century Jagannath temple in Puri, the home minister Dibya Shankar Mishra said the Mangu mutt, Punjabi mutt and Bauli mutt in the pilgrim town are revamped under government initiative.
The deities in the mutt are well protected while the commercial shop and the illegally constructed Bhakta Niwas were bulldozed in the ongoing demolition exercise, Mishra said after meeting the delegation.
The delegation comprised of among others Simarjit Singh Bains and Balwinder Singh, both sitting MLAs of Punjab assembly.
The Sikh community members had earlier held demonstration in the city to protest the demolition of centuries-old Mangu mutt.
The Sikh delegates had expressed concern over the government’s move to demolish the mutts and the deities associated with Guru Nanak Dev and Sikhism.
However they were assured that no harm will be caused to the deities, the minister added.