Odishatv Bureau

Puri: A two-wheeler pass meant for sevayats (servitors) on duty was allegedly, misused during Puri Rath Yatra.

The matter came to light after a photograph of the vehicle pass went viral on social media.

Though the pass bearing serial number 543 was meant for sevayats, a photograph of the pass revealed name of one Sekh Abid mentioned in place of the actual owner.

This has now created flutter as sources believe that such misuse of dedicated passes might spell trouble if they land in wrong hands. However, Puri Superintendent of Police, Sarthak Sarangi stated that the serial number mentioned in the two wheeler pass suggest that it was issued by the district administration.

“We maintain a register for all the passes that we give out. The concerned pass was not issued by us. Only Collectorate staff can comment on the issue,” said Sarangi.

Whether someone handed over the concerned pass to another person or it was of a case of some lapse, the matter will be thoroughly investigated, Sarangi added.