Puri: Tension griped Badadanda here after an expert team from Archeological department today shifted the statue of Utakalamani Gopabandhu Das near Srimandir with an aim to ease traffic in the area ahead of Rath Yatra.
According to sources, it all started when the archeological team started the process of shifting the statue from near Jagannath temple to Meghanada wall with the help of a bulldozer in the afternoon. Besides, the expert team also evicted the information centre situated there, sources added.
However, members of many social organisations expressed displeasure over shifting of the statue and staged a protest alleging that the district administration is showing disrespect to the iconic Odia leader by covering his statue with sacks.
On the other hand, the district eviction officer Abhimanyu Behera said the statue was covered with sacks for security purposes and shifted as per earlier plans.