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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Puri: A scene of utter dread and soothing relief unfolded on Bada Danda in front of Puri Lord Jagannath Temple after a four-year-old girl accidentally stuck her head in the iron barricade installed outside the shrine in the Pilgrim City on Saturday. However, she was rescued after hard-fought efforts from police, fire fighters.

According to reports, a Bhawanipatna resident Ramnarayan Ratha and his family members had come for the darshan of Lord Jagannath. While returning after visiting the temple, their daughter Ambika Ratha landed in big trouble as she pushed her head between the railings of a barricade outside the temple in playfulness but could not get out from the structure.

"After having the darshan of the trinity and taking Mahaprasad we returned from the temple to get back our mobile phones near the shoe stand. The child was playing with the barricade. Suddenly she pushed her head into the barricade and got stuck between two railings," said the child's father Ramnarayan.

"We desperately tried to free her for a long time but in vain. Then we screamed for help and the locals came to the rescue of the child," he said.

The bystanders immediately informed the police about the incident. The Srimandir police and fire personnel rushed to the spot and used gas cutter to cut out the railings and freed the child from the trap amid the loud cheer and hari-bol chants of the people standing at the spot with expectant eyes.

"It's because of Lord Jagannath's grace and camaraderie of the local people my daughter got a new lease of life. I thank all the people for their timely help," said a relieved Ramnarayan.

(Edited by Suryakant Jena)

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