Puri bandh violence: Supreme Court seeks reply from Odisha Govt

Bhubaneswar: While hearing a petition filed over police personnel entering Srimandir wearing shoes while trying to contain violence during Puri bandh last week, the Supreme Court has ordered the Odisha Government, amicus curiae Gopal Subramanium and the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) to submit their responses in this regard within 2 weeks.

The next hearing of the case is scheduled to be held on October 31, informed sources.  A bench consisting of Justice Madan Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta are hearing the case.

After the appeal by advocate Debashish Mishra, the Supreme Court took note of the violence at the temple during the protest. The apex court said that no policeman should enter the temple with weapons and shoes.

The Supreme Court has also ordered an enquiry as to why weapons and policemen wearing shoes entered the temple premises and who were the perpetrators of violence during Puri bandh.

However, SJTA advocate, Swetaketu Mishra has denied allegations of policemen entering the temple with their shoes on. He said, “The allegations of policemen entering the temple wearing shoes and hitting 42 people are all false and not based on facts.”

It is pertinent to mention here that the pilgrim town had witnessed violence & vandalism during observance of a bandh which was called on October 3 protesting introduction of queue system for devotees at Puri Srimandir.