Amicus curiae Gopal Subramanium seeks report on Puri violence

Puri: The Supreme Court-appointed amicus curiae Gopal Subramanium has asked the Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) to submit report on the violence during bandh in Puri.

The temple authorities will report on the vandalism and damage of public properties in the pilgrim town. The report will include barricade dismantling, arson, information Centre and SJTA office ransacking by the protesters, SJTA chief PK Mohapatra said adding the CCTV footage and media footage will also be given to the amicus curiae.

“A preliminary report will be submitted to the amicus curiae in a day or two. He will visit the town very soon,” he added.

“When hooligans and anti-social elements joined a protest, the agitation can’t be peaceful. The leaders of the organization called for bandh have no control over their activists. Therefore, such violence occurred,” Mohapatra told media.

“Two separate complaints, one each from Information Centre and SJTA office, have been lodged over the violence. Police are investigating and will take action accordingly,” he added.

Yesterday’s incident has brought a bad name for the sevaks and people of Puri, Mohapatra maintained.

On the other hand, darshan of deities is normal today. The situation is very normal, said IG Soumendra Priyadarshi who is monitoring the situation at the shrine.

DGP RP Sharma also visited the temple today took stock of the situation.The Jagannath Sena had observed Puri bandh yesterday, protesting queue system for darshan at the temple. The protesters resorted to massive violence after police took the Sena leader Priyadarshan Patnaik to preventive custody.

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