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Odisha BJP launches agitation on missing Ratna Bhandar keys

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

The opposition BJP today launched an agitation across Odisha hitting out at the BJD government in the state for the missing keys of the Ratna Bhandar of Shree Temple in

As part of the stir, christened as "Jan Jagaran" campaign, party activists staged demonstration in different district headquarters and sub-divisional towns, a senior party leader said.

Slamming for remaining silent on the issue, alleged that the judicial inquiry ordered into the matter was aimed at diverting people's attention.

The has constituted a judicial commission headed by retired Raghubir Dash to probe the circumstances under which the keys of the inner chamber of the Ratna Bhandar of the 12th century shrine in went missing.

BJP workers would stage similar protest in different areas of the state for a week, said.

A controversy erupted earlier this month when District Collector observed in a temple management committee meeting that there was no information confirming the availability of the keys.

On April 4, the Shree Temple Administration had made an attempt to open the inner chamber of the Ratna Bhandar (treasury) for inspection. But they could not open the room for non-availability of the keys and had to return after peeping into the chamber through a broken window.

The had on June 8 said it was of prime importance that all devotees had a hassle-free visit to the temple and the offerings made by them were not misused.

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 22:30 IST