9-member committee to probe Swargadwar land grab case

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Puri: A nine member committee, under the chairmanship Puri Collector Arvind Agrawal, will probe into the Swargadwar land grab allegations and submit its report in seven days, informed Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC) Central Zone, AB Ota, after a meeting in connection with the allegations held at the Circuit House today.

Along with the Puri Collector Arvind Agrawal, Puri SP, ADM and Settlement Officer were present in the meeting.

Agrawal, earlier in the day had informed that documents for the calculation of the actual area of land have been sought from Puri Shankaracharya. The administration is probing how business establishments came up in the area and under whose name, the 16-acre land allotted for the Swargadwar by the Shankaracharya mutt, was transferred.

Ota, briefing media persons, said, “A committee under the chairmanship of Puri Collector was formed to probe on the case with ADM as the Convenor. Sub Collector, Tehsildar, Secretary to RDC, an Under Secretary to RDC with experience in settlement and land officer of the Shankaracharya mutt will be members of the committee. They will give me a detailed plot wise report of the land within seven days as I found out that the 16.4 acre land has been reduced to only one acre under the possession of the mutt.”

Puri MLA Maheswar Mohanty said, “Swargadwar is a sacred spot, people’s religious sentiments are attached with it and there is no alternative to it, therefore the question of relocating Swargadwar does not arise. There is no problem if the administration carries on the proceedings it has decided upon.”

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