Pilgrims Allege Manhandling By Jagannath Temple Security, Police Registers Case

Puri: An alleged incident of manhandling of pilgrims by the security at Jagannath Temple here came to the fore on Friday. According to reports, a family from West Bengal accompanied by an elderly member were trying to enter Srimandir through the West Gate.

A scuffle ensued between a member of the family and security personnel posted at the gate. A young member of this family, Priyabrat Sahu alleged that they were manhandled by the security personnel amid the fiasco.

In this incident, Puri Police have registered a case against an ‘unidentified visitor’ under Sections 294, 323, 353, and 34 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 30A(4)(b) of Shree Jagannath Temple (SJTA) Act – 1954.

The case has been filed against the visitor on the basis of a report submitted by Administrator (Security Sri Jagannath Temple Puri), a press note released by the Puri police read.

“Complaint reveals that an unknown visitor forcibly tried to enter Sri Jagannath Temple from Western Gate. When he was obstructed and questioned by on duty JTPs (Jagannath Temple Police) and police personnel, the visitor abused JTPs in obscene language and also used force against them for unauthorised entry,” the note further read.

Taking the incident very seriously, Puri SP, Kanwar Vishal Singh has instructed Additional SP PC Badajena to submit a detailed report within 48 hours for taking further action. “Anyone found guilty, in whole incidence, action as per law will surely be taken,” the district police stated.

Priyabrat Sahu, Pilgrim from West Bengal