Police shifts recovered silver to separate room, locks it

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Puri, Feb 27 (PTI) A day after recovering 522 silverbricks weighing about 18 tonne and valued at over 90 crore inthe international market from Emar Mutt on the Grand Roadhere, police today shifted the white metal slabs to a separateroom in the same premises, police sources said.

"All the 522 silver bricks have been shifted to aseparate room. A seizure list prepared and the room wasdouble-locked and sealed", R K Paikray, city DSP, said.

Armed guards were deployed in the Mutt, located infront of the 12th century Sri Jagannath temple here, forsafety of the property. One key of the room would remain withthe Endowment Commissioner while the other key would be withthe police, he said.

As the matter was with the police following theft ofsome bricks from the Mutt, a decision would be taken by thecourt, he said.

Meanwhile, inquiry was continuing to identify thepersons behind missing of the materials of an empty wooden boxfound in an adjacent room in the Mutt.

"We suspect involvement of some Mutt staff in themissing of materials, possibly similar silver bricks, from thebox", Paikray said.

The silver bricks each weighing 38-40 kg were seizedyesterday after being informed by two persons who werearrested recently while selling a few stolen silver bricks.

Two persons identified as Barun Baral and Akshyay Dasof Kuttam villager under Dhenkanal sadar police station, whohad allegedly stolen a few bricks, were arrested Friday whiletrying to sell them in the market.

Baral and Das were engaged as masons by StateArchaeology department during repair and renovation of theMutt a few months ago. While working on the ceiling, a chunkof the cement plaster came off and fell on a wooden boxesbelow. They found that the wooden boxes, called "Sinduka" inOriya parlance, contained silver bricks in the abandoned room.

On the basis of information given by the duo, thepolice had recovered the bricks with embossed seals as UAE,Japan, China and Dubai.

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