Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Jeypore, Nov 4:
Police and Forest department officials today raided an ashram at Souraguda in Jeypore block of Odisha’s Koraput district for alleged illegal confinement of wild animals and birds at the ashram.
Forest department officials rescued a barking deer, a mountain quail, a tortoise and a monkey from the ashram apart from seizing six deer horns, cash and liquor from the ashram premises.
However, the Toofan Baba alias Toofan Mohanty who was running the ashram has fled the spot during the raid. The ashram was raided in the presence of Jeypore tehsildar and Jeypore Sadar police.
The Baba has however, told a local television news channel that he has hasn’t fled. He claimed that he was offering puja on the banks of a river.
The Baba told the news channel had the police asked him to open the door of the ashram he would have done it himself.
He said he has not done anything illegal, while clarifying that liquor is used in Kali worship. He will be returning to his ashram after two to three days, he added.