08 September 2019
Puri: The demolition of Bada Akhada Mutt resumed here on Sunday after Amicus Curiae noted that the eviction and demolition drive is ‘for everyone’s benefit’.
Amicus Curiae Ranjit Kumar with his team visited Puri on Saturday. They inspected the development blueprint and the demolition sites and later interacted with the managing committee. Satisfied, he concluded by saying that the eviction drive will benefit one and all and anyone who wants Sri Jagannath culture to be spread worldwide would not cause hindrance to the eviction process.
On Sunday morning the demolition of Bada Akhada mutt began without any objection of any kind. The mahant/monk of the mutt has been shifted to Nilachal Bhakta Niwas. The occupants of the Mutt were asked to vacate the building by Saturday evening but the Mahant had refused on grounds of health issues.
A total of six JCBs have been put to use for today’s demolition which began from Languli Mutt side of the Bada Akhada Mutt.
Apart from Magistrate, Puri Collector, Assistant Collector, Additional Collector are also present at the site. Additionally, a 30 platoon Police force have been deployed for smooth conduction of the demolition process.
Bada Akhada mutt was established by the Naga Sadhus in 1402. The purpose behind erecting this mutt was to protect the Jagannath Temple from foreign invaders. It is notable to mention here that Singhadwara fire station and police station are located in the Mutt.