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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Aug 25:

The Orissa High Court today rejected the anticipatory bail pleas of three servitors of Puri Sri Jagannath Temple in connection with disturbance during Niladri Bije rituals of Lord Jagannath and his siblings.

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The three sevayats whose anticipatory bail pleas got rejected are Damodar Mahasuara, Jayakrushna Mahasuara and Saina Khuntia.

The trio had approached the High Court for anticipatory bail on July 22.

Notably, Puri Collector Arvind Agarwal had accused six servitors, including Damodar, Jayakrushna and Saina, of misbehavior, hurling of abuses and death threat.

It may be recalled that some sevayats had an altercation with the collector during the Niladri Bije ritual when he confronted them after the servitors and their kin alighted from the Taladhwaja chariot, in clear violation of High Court and Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) orders. The incident had led to the delay in the conduct of rituals and pahandi of Lord Sudarshan.