Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) swung into action and lodged a complaint with Singhadwar Police on Sunday, a day after the pictures of the sanctum sanctorum (Garbha Gruha) of Puri Srimandir went viral on social media.

As per reports, SJTA administrator (Security) VS Chandrasekhar Rao has filed complaint seeking strict action against the devotee, a YouTuber, who clicked the photo of the temple interior. A servitor of the temple has also lodged a complaint at the police station in this regard.

A youth from Bangladesh Akash Choudhury had posted the photos on his Facebook account. After all pictures went viral, questions were raised over lapses in security measures at the 12th century shrine as mobile phones and cameras are strictly prohibited inside. 

“We have lodged a complaint against the Bangladeshi national at Singhadwar police station. It is not a security lapse, but we will certainly upgrade the security arrangement. The Bangladeshi youth has violated provisions under IT Act and Shree Jagannath Temple Act,” said Rao.

Meanwhile, Bhagirathi Dash, a servitor of the temple, has demanded strong action against the offender and blamed the administration for the lapse.

This is not the first time that the pictures of the interior areas of Srimandir have been shared on social media. Reportedly, on multiple occasions such security lapses were seen, yet people somehow manage to take electronic gadgets to the temple despite presence of a number of security personnel.