Servitors continue their protest

Bhubaneswar:  The agitated servitors continue their protest and refuse to perform Pahandi – taking the sibling deities from the chariots to Gundicha temple on Tuesday.

The servitors are demanding strict action against the errant policemen.

Earlier on Monday, the devotees and servitors were injured in the lathicharge. The incident took place when when the police tried to control the large number of devotees jostling atop the wooden chariot to watch the `Abakash` ritual of Lord Jagannath.

Following the incident, public darshan atop the three chariots came to a standstill and priests stopped the rituals briefly before the “Pahandi” of deities into Gundicha temple.

Puri collector Fakir Charan Satapathy had stated that they will again talk to Priests on Tuesday morning and then the servitors will hopefully perform the ritual.

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