SJS alleges idol thefts from Jagannath temple, files case

Puri: Precious idols of various deities in Lord Jagannath temple here have allegedly been stolen during last 45 years on the pretext of renovation and upkeep of the temple. This was alleged by the Shree Jagannath Sena (SJS), which filed a complaint at the Singhadwara Police station today in this regard.

As per the complaint filed by Convener of SJS Priyadarshi Patnaik, idols of deities like the Swargadwara Jaya Vijaya, Saptasakhi and Dasavatara have been stolen from the temple. He further alleged that attempts have also been made to steal the Nata Ganesh idol at the Bhoga Mandap.

The Sena demanded that an investigation be carried out if the idols of these deities have been stolen or kept somewhere else. It also stated that if the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has kept those superfine metal deities, it should display them at museums.