Odisha: Peace committee decides that devotee can enter Puri Shree Mandir by showing any identity card

Puri: Peace committee decides that devotee can enter Puri Shree Mandir by showing any identity card; locals can enter the temple through 4 doors; servitors and their family members need not to produce any identity card .

Police complaint will be filed and action will be taken against those who are involved in the violence based on CCTV footage, informs Puri district collector Jyotiprakash Das.

It should be noted that the law and order situation in the Pilgrim City turned violent and prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) were imposed outside the Srimandir along the whole Bada Danda (Grand Road) area on Wednesday.

The police resorted to a mild lathi-charge and fired teargas to disperse the mob when they continued to stage protest outside the temple violating Section 144.

Meanwhile, two platoons of police forces have been deployed in the area to bring the situation under control and avoid any further untoward incident. Puri police led by Inspector General (IG) Soumendra Priyadarshi also conducted a flag march from Singhadwara to Market Chhak.

Director General of Police RP Sharma also talked to IG Soumendra Priyadarshi to discuss the situation. In a statement to the media, the DGP said that the situation is being continuously monitored by the police.

Earlier in the day, the irate locals barged into the house of Revenue Minister Maheswar Mohanty and vandalised the office of the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA). They also pelted stones at Puri Superintendent of Police Sarthak Sarangi’s residence and uprooted all barricades on Bada Danda.

The dawn-to-dusk shutdown in the seaside town called by Sri Jagannath Sena turned violent as a mob barged into the 12th-century shrine, uprooted barricades erected on Baisi Pahacha and near Singhadwara. Besides, the protesters ransacked a police outpost and an information centre near the Singhadwara.

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