Puri: Using a metal detector in the city’s historic Emar Mutt, authorities tracked the presence of valuables like gold and silver on Thursday. Once these were discovered, a thorough search was also carried out of the pooch’s library, yard and other premises to detect if any other valuables could be found, officials said.
A team of four from the state’s Department of Archeology conducted the research in the presence of the pooch seer, the representative of the Commissioner of Endowment, members of the Trusty Board, local police officials and a certain number of officials in the administration of Shree Jagannath temple and district.
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According to a source, a total of four points near the library were marked after the presence of metal valuables was detected by the scanner. A meeting of the mutt’s trust council will soon be convened under the chairmanship of the endowment commissioner to decide on the excavation of the demarcated areas, the official said.
Expecting more valuables to be present, the newly formed Trust Council had recently requested while scanning the mutt’s premises.
In 2011, around 522 silver bricks were unearthed at the premises of Emar Mutt. Subsequently, another 45 silver bricks were found on April 10 of the same year, said Binay Kumar Das, Puri’s additional collector.