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16 more arrested for Puri bandh violence

8/10/2018 at 3:49 PM

Puri: Puri police on Saturday arrested 16 more persons, taking the total number of arrests to 57 so far in connection with violence that erupted on Wednesday in Puri during a bandh called by Jagannath Sena, a social outfit, opposing the queue darshan system in the Jagannath Temple.

Earlier, police had arrested 41 in two occasions.  The accused have been identified from CCTV and media footages and then arrested by the Singhaswar and Town Police station officials.

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.

Pertinent to mention here that introduction of queue system was one of the suggestions by the Supreme Court to ensure discipline and hassle-free darshan in the shrine. The queue system was introduced in an experimental basis on October 1.

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