Sharmili Mallick

A legislator from ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) was fined Rs 2,000 for violating traffic rule. Chandbali MLA Byomakesh Ray was fined for parking his car illegally at a no-parking zone near Jagannath Temple in Puri.

Ray has reportedly gone to Srimandir to have darshan of Lord Jagannath on the occasion of auspicious Mahalaya on Wednesday.

However, in spite of parking his car in Jagannath Balabha Mutt premises, which has been designated as the parking zone for four-wheelers, the legislator drove through the crowded Badadanda from Mochisahi and Janhisahi to Singhadwara and parked his vehicle in front of the temple.

Some social activists present at the spot shot the incident and live telecast it on a social media platform.

Following the incident, Puri Police swung into action and slapped a fine of Rs 2,000 on Ray. The zone has been declared no parking and no vending zones in order to avoid rush in front of the 12th century shrine.

“An e-challan of Rs 2,000 has been issued in the name of Byomakesh Ray for violating traffic rules and keeping the vehicle in no parking zone,” said Dillip Dhal, Traffic Inspector.

On the other hand, Ray refuted that he was not in the vehicle during the incident.  “I was not there in the car. My driver had gone with the car for bringing Abadha from the temple. However, when the police stopped him near the temple, he returned. I have paid the fine,” informed Ray.