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Odisha: Builder arrested for ‘grabbing’ Lord Lingaraj Temple land

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Bhubaneswar: A real estate developer has been arrested in Odisha capital on charges of grabing the land of Lingaraj Temple, police said today.

The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Odisha Police’s Crime Branch arrested Pradeep Kumar Mishra, the Managing Director of city-based Sampad Builders Pvt Ltd this afternoon on the basis of a complaint lodged by a temple official.

He was forwarded to the SDJM Court, Bhubaneswar later in the day.

According to EOW sources, a case was registered against Mishra on the basis of a written report of Executive Officer, Lord Lingaraj Temple Office, Abanikant Mohanty in a matter related to grabbing of land of the Lord on the basis of forged documents.

Following investigation, it has come to notice that some plots at Basuaghai mauza under Bhubaneswar Tehsil was recorded in the name of Lingaraj Dev Bije, Bhubaneswar, C/O Brundaban Mohapatra and Durga Charan Mohapatra, who had died since long.

One Kedarnath Mohapatra, the adopted son of Late Durga Charan Mohapatra, executed two general power of attorneys in 2002 and 2004 for selling the properties in favour of the builder illegally, since he had no power to transfer the said properties.

Mishra subsequently sold the land to seven customers, suppressing the fact, in connivance with Kedarnath.

Notably, Kedarnath was arrested on April 7 this year.