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Violence: DGP visits Puri, takes stock of damages

4/10/2018 at 12:49 PM

Puri: Director General of Police (DGP) Dr Rajendra Prasad Sharma today visited Puri and took stock of the situation at Shree Mandir, a day after violence erupted during Puri Bandh called by Jagannath Sena, a social outfit, over queue system at the 12th-century shrine.

The DGP visited Town Police station, Singhadwar police station, Shree Jaganath Temple office where the protestors went on rampage destroying properties worth lakhs of rupees.

IG (Law and Order) Amitabh Thakur and IG (Central Range) Soumendra Priyadarshi were also present during the DGP’s visit.

Notably, tension ran high in the pilgrim city on Wednesday after hundreds of people, mostly activists of Jagannath Sena, a social outfit, went on the rampage on the Grand Road, facing the 12th century shrine and demanded immediate withdrawal of the queue darshan system at the temple.

The mob also ransacked the office of Shree Jagannath temple administration, vandalised the residence of Puri MLA and Revenue Minister Maheswar Mohanty and pelted stones at the house of Puri SP Sarthak Sarangi. The protestors also went berserk inside the 12th century shrine.

The violence broke out during a bandh called by Jagannath Sena, the social outfit, in protest against the queue darshan system in the shrine.

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