Puri Srimandir servitor, devotee injured in violent clash


Puri: A fight broke out between a Bhoi servitor of Puri Srimandir and a devotee today in which both of them were severely injured.

According to sources, complaints have been filed by both at Singhadwar Police Station.

The incident occurred when one devotee identified as Dalton Das, who along with his family & friends had come for Lord Jagannath’s darshan, got into an argument with a servitor of Taladhwaja (Lord Balabhadra’s chariot), Biswanath Bhoi, near the chariot construction yard (Ratha Khala) for some reason.

The servitor allegedly hit Dalton’s head with a stone injuring him. In retaliation, Dalton attacked the servitor, who was left with a broken nose, informed sources.

“I was attacked with a stone after I objected to an unknown person (servitor) keeping his hand on my waist,” said Dalton.

On the other hand Bhoi said “I had only asked the person to move away as he was standing near a log of wood as he could have hurt himself, but instead of moving, he punched me.”

After accepting complaints from both, police have started an investigation into the case.

Inspector-in-charge of Singhadwar police station, Gokul Chandra Das, said “Both the servitor and the devotee had gone to a hospital to get first aid before filing complaints. We are currently investigating the case.”