Bana Baba vacates encroached land

Konark: Self-styled godman Bana Baba today evening vacated ashram located at Darshanibanta on the Konark-Kakatapur road after Puri district administration ordered him to vacate the ashram by tonight.

After allegations over encroachment of the government land and the sanctuary land used in the ashram came to fore, the forest department measured the ashram’s land today.

According to sources, Bana baba illegally grabbed the lands from the locals of Godhanpada, gochar, and the government to build his property.

Apart from this he also grabbed the land made for crematory purpose and also Konark’s Balukhanda sanctuary’s land to build a huge mansion. Today under the supervision of the forest officer and the Kakatapur tehsildar, 15 acres controversial land grabbed from the forest department was measured today.

Both the departments have stated that legal actions will be taken against the ashram.

Police have been deployed to maintain law and order during the measurement of the land.