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Pradeep Pattanayak

The person who desecrated the ovens in the kitchen (Rosaghara) of the Srimandir will soon be apprehended, said Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra on Monday. 

Mahapatra along with DGP Sunil Bansal visited the Srimandir to carry out a detail inspection of the desecrated kitchen. After the inspection, while replying to the queries of journalists, Mahapatra said, “Acting on the direction of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, DGP and I today visited the temple to inspect the spot. Meanwhile, the police have gathered some vital clues from CCTV footage. The personnel of Jagannath Temple Police (JTP) who were on duty are also being interrogated. I hope they (police) will identify the person very soon. In order to make it sure that no such incident would occur in future, several steps are going to be taken.”

While speaking to journalists, DGP Bansal said the investigation was underway to ascertain the intention of the miscreant. “So far, no conspiracy angle has surfaced. In order to beef up the surveillance system of the temple, new CCTV cameras would be installed,” said Bansal. 

Meanwhile, after receiving a complaint from the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA), Singhadwar police station has registered a case under Sections 427, 295 A of IPC and Section 30 (A)(B) of Shree Jagannath Temple Act and launched an investigation. Notably, the complaint was lodged 24 hours after the incident. 

Taking serious note of the case, the police have formed a five-member team to probe the case. 

“We have started the process of evidence collection. CCTV footage is being analysed. Those who are involved in the act will soon be detained and action against them will be taken as per the law,” said Puri SP Kanwar Vishal Singh. 

On the other hand, an important meeting was held at the temple office involving Puri District Collector Samarth Verma and office bearers of Suara Mahasuara Nijog. After the meeting, the Collector said the miscreant would soon be apprehended. 

Meanwhile, resentment is brewing among the servitors who ascribed the incident entirely to poor surveillance system in the temple. 

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