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12 more arrested for Puri violence

6/10/2018 at 12:18 PM

Puri: Puri police on Saturday arrested 12 more persons, taking the total number of arrests to 31 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.

The Singhadwar police arrested the 12 persons, including some Dhulia Gumasta of the temple.

Earlier, police had arrested 19 persons in this connection. It is learnt that the accused have been identified from CCTV and media footages and arrested.

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.

Introduction of queue system was one of the suggestions by the apex 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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