Odisha

Servitor Accused Of Assisting Badachana IIC To Enter Srimandir

Puri: A servitor of the Puri Jagannath temple has been accused of assisting Badachana police station IIC Deepak Kumar Jena who had attempted to forcefully enter the temple last evening with his family members though it has been closed for devotees since March 19 in the wake of COVID-19 scare.

Puri SP Umashankar Dash today informed that Jena and his family members had tried to enter the temple from the South Gate yesterday evening despite being stopped by the on-duty Havildar. On getting information, an Additional Commandant and Additional SP in charge of the temple security detained them at Singhadawar Police Station.

Subsequently, FIR was registered against Jena and his family members and a Pujapanda servitor who had assisted them in entering the temple premises. They have been booked under various sections of Epidemic Diseases Act, Disaster Management Act and Indian Penal Code.

While the State Police Headquarters and Jajpur SP were also apprised of the proceedings, an Additional SP rank officer has been handed over the charge of the investigation to ascertain how Jena reached the South Gate of the temple and if he is involved in any other misconduct. The officer will submit his report within two days following which further action will be taken.

As Jena had arrived at the temple in a Scorpio, the vehicle has also come under the purview of the investigation to ascertain whether it is an official or private vehicle. Further, presence of an amber beacon on the vehicle has created more trouble for Jena.

Umashankar Dash, Puri SP

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