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No policeman should enter Puri Jagannath temple with weapons, shoes: SC

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Wednesday took note of the October 3 violence at Puri's temple during a protest against the introduction of a queue system for devotees and said no should enter the temple with weapons and shoes.

A bench comprising Justices and was informed by the Odisha governmentt that 47 persons were arrested in connection with the violence in the temple and the situation was under control now.

The also told the bench that no violence had taken place inside the temple premises and the office of the temple administration, which is situated around 500 meters from the main temple, was attacked and ransacked during the violence.

The appearing for an organisation, which sought to intervene in the matter, claimed before the bench that policemen had entered the temple with guns and boots during the violence.

Nine policemen were injured as violence broke out on October 3 during a 12-hour bandh called by a socio-cultural organisation protesting the introduction of a queue system for devotees visiting the Temple, police had said.

The dawn-to-dusk shutdown in the seaside town called by Sri Jagannath Sena turned violent as a mob barged into the 12th-century shrine, uprooted barricades erected on Baisi Pahacha and near Singhadwara and ransacked the office of Administration (SJTA), they had said.

A had said that the queue system was introduced on an experimental basis and a review would be done as locals and servitors opposed it.

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First Published: Wed, October 10 2018. 13:00 IST