Shree Jagannath Sena Resorts To Violence During Puri Bandh


Puri: The 12-hour bandh by Jagannath Sena opposing the queue system at the Jagannath temple took a violent turn when the protesters hurled stones at the residence of legislator and police official and ransacked the office of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA).According to sources, the convener of the Jagannath Sena, Priyadarshan Patnaik, was taken into preventive custody by police this morning to avoid any untoward incident, triggering tension among the members of the outfit. The activists along with thousands of locals staged road blockade by burning tyres on Badadanda.The irate activists pelted stones and barged into the residences of local MLA Maheswar Mohanty and superintendent of police.Notably, the queue system or the ‘Dhadhi system’ for darshan of deities was introduced by SJTA on October 1. However, devotees did not obey the rule and entered the temple by uprooting the barricades.As per the new system, devotees were supposed to form a queue at the Singhadwara and move inside the temple through barricades. After having darshan, the devotees will exit through three other gates.


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