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Violence in Puri: DGP convenes emergency meeting

3/10/2018 at 2:10 PM

Cuttack:  Director General of Police Dr Rajendra Prasad Sharma today summoned an emergency meeting of top officials of the State after violence broke out massively during a bandh called by Jagannath Sena, a social outfit, demanding immediate withdrawal of queue darshan system at Puri Jagannath Temple.

Sources said the DGP took stock of the situation at the State police headquarters here with top police and intelligence officials, sources said.

Meanwhile, Central range IG Soumendra Priyadarshi rushed to Puir and conducted flag march from Singhadwara (Lion’s Gate) to Market Chhak.

Meanwhile, Puri district administration today imposed prohibitory order under section 144 CrPC around Jagannath Temple 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.

Police also used baton, fired teargas to disperse mob.

Introduction of queue darshan system at Puri Jagannath Temple triggered violence in the pilgrim city today. The angry mob ransacked the office of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration, vandalised the residence of Puri MLA and Revenue Minister Maheswar Mohanty and reportedly pelted stones at the house of Puri SP Sarthak Sarangi.

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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