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Court orders to remove Biju Samadhi from Swargadwar

Puri, Jan 03: A local court in Puri has ordered the district collector and municipality to remove the Samadhi of former chief minister Biju Patnaik from Swargadwar.

The court ordered that the Samadhi should be removed within 3 months, warning the collector and municipality of taking actions if they fail to act on it.

The order came while hearing a case over the unauthorised structure Samadhi at Swargadwar filed by Ramesh Prasad Sinha, Bikash Kumar Satpathy and two other lawyers. The civil judge (Junior Division), S Acharya asked the collector and the Municipal authorities to raise any form of construction in and around the Samadhi periphery which is used by the public.

The case was filed after the Biju Samadhi was constructed by the Municipal authorities covering a major portion of the ghat. The petitioners alleged that the area of the Swargadwar ghat, used by the Hindus from across the country, has been reduced to only 0.46 decimals.

Appealing to the court for the intervention into the matter, they said that if the samadhis of important persons would be constructed at the ghat in this manner, no space would be left for the common people to perform the last rites there.

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