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Violence: Amicus curiae Gopal Subramaniam to visit Puri tomorrow

5/10/2018 at 4:43 PM


Bhubaneswar: Supreme Court appointed amicus curiae Gopal Subramaniam will visit Puri on Saturday to take stock of the circumstances leading to large scale mob violence that erupted over the opposition to introduction of queue darshan system in the Jagannath Temple in Puri.

Several servitors and locals have been opposing the queue system arguing that devotees would have to wait for long time to catch glimpse of the deities.

Earlier the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration decided to draw the attention of the Supreme Court about Wednesday’s large violence.

Following the violence, Gopal Subramaniam, who was appointed by the Supreme Court as amicus curiae to oversee 12 proposed disciplinary reforms in the shrine, sought a report from the Shree Jagannath Temple Chief Administrator Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra.

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.

Meanwhile, in the wake violence, the administration lifted the queue system for only Puri locals, who would enter the temple by showing any identity card as proof of residence through other three gates expect the Lion’s Gate.

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