No Policeman Should Enter Puri Jagannath Temple With Weapons, Shoes: SC

NEW DELHI: Taking note of the October 3 violence in Odisha’s Puri Jagannath Temple Supreme Court Wednesday took and directed that no policeman should enter the temple premises with weapons and shoes.

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

The Odisha government, however, told the top court that 47 people have been arrested in connection with the violence and that the situation is under control now. The queue system was introduced on an experimental basis and a review would be done as locals and servitors opposed it, a temple official had said.

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