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EOW to probe theft of silver slabs from Emar Mutt

Posted on Nov 28, 11:26AM | UNI

The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Odisha state crime branch will soon take over the silver ingots theft case and subsequent recovery of silver tablets worth hundred crores of rupees from the Emmar mutt here last year.

Inspector General of Police (central range) A K Ray told newspersons here he had a detailed discussion with the inspectors of the Simhadwar and Sadar police stations, the investigating officers in this case and Puri Superintendent of Police R K Singh and was not convinced over the progress of the ongoing investigation by the police.

Later, the IGP held a detailed discussion with the officers of the EOW of the state crime branch. Two deputy superintendent rank officers and two inspectors of the EOW of the crime branch participated in the discussion.

Last year, the police chanced upon recovery of over 18 tonnes of silver ingots worth over hundred crores of rupees from a secret chamber of the Emar mutt situated in front of the Sri Jagannath temple.

The silver ingots were detected after the Dhenkanal police caught hold of two workers trying to sell two silver slabs.

The workers who were engaged by a contractor for renovation of the mutt confessed to have stolen the silver slabs from the mutt.

The Simhadwar police had registered a case and recovered the silver ingots in presence of the magistrate. The case was then transferred to Sea Beach police which had arrested a number of persons and goldsmiths in this connection and seized some melted silver and cash.

Since no visible development took place even after a year of police investigation, the residents had urged Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to entrust the investigation to crime branch or CBI.

The silver ingots were now stored in a specially constructed facility in the reserve police line under tight security.