Violence ensues at Jagannath temple over queue system, section 144 imposed

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Lord Jagannath Temple in Puri
Lord Jagannath Temple in Puri. (Photo : Arabinda Mahapatra/IANS)

Things turned violent at Odisha’s Jagannath Temple only two days after a new queue system to enter the temple was implemented. The system is in place on an experimental basis due to the suggestions made by the supreme court.

The Jagannath Sena had called for a Puri Bandh in response to the new system shortly after the announcement. As a preventive measure, the police detained the outfit’s convener Priyadarshan Patnaik and that is when the aggression began.

Members of the organisation burned tyres on the street, removed barricades and engaged in stone pelting. They also allegedly randsacked police property and damaged the property of a local SP and MLA.

In response to the violence, the police used adequate force and subdued the situation. The temple has been temporarily shut down and section 144 has been imposed by the authorities. The section of the code of criminal procedure, when in place prohibits assembly of five or more people or the holding of public meetings.