Two Caught Stealing Iron Fencing Around Udayagiri Buddhist Site

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Jajpur: Two persons were arrested for allegedly stealing wrought iron fencing around famous Buddhist site at Udayagiri near Balichandrapur in Jajpur district on Friday.

The accused were captured by the local villagers while they resorted to illegal activities on Thursday night. Later, they informed Balichandrapur police which rushed to the spot and arrested the duo with seizure of 75 iron angles and a crowbar used in the unlawful activities.

Top officials of Archeological Survey of India (ASI) have also lodged FIR at Balichandrapur police station.

The ASI, guardian of the historic site had made the iron fencing around the largest Buddhist complex which is composed of major stupas and monasteries.

The iron fencing were made on a sprawling 217 hectares of Udaygiri hill with expenditure of crores of rupees. The main objective of the fencing is to safeguard the rare stupas and Buddhist monasteries of the ‘Diamond Triangle’ (Lalitgiri-Ratnagiri-Udaygiri).

On Thursday night, some local environmentalists visited the hill after hearing the sound of iron cutting. They identified two youths who were involved in the loot of iron.

Later, they immediately informed the night patrol team of police which swung into action and arrested the duo.

Both of them have been identified as local residents. They have been forwarded to court, police said.

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