Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Nov 29:
Trouble seems to be mounting for comedy artist Tattwa Prakash Satpathy aka Papu Pom Pom for his controversial remark on Lord Jagannath during the closing ceremony of Puri Beach Festival here.
Binayak Das Mohapatra, Biswabasu Sevak of Sree Jagannath Temple here, has demanded that Papu should bend on his knees and apologise at Singhadwara, or else a criminal case will be filed against him.
Similarly, Puri Bar Association President Premananda Mohanty opined that Papu has committed an unforgivable crime and he shouldn’t be allowed to perform at programmes in Puri.
Protesting the incident, the Jagannath Sena today burnt the effigy of Papu at Swargadwar here. An FIR was also lodged at the Puri Sea Beach police station, sources said.
On the other hand, controversy has emerged over inviting Papu to perform at the Puri Beach Festival. According to sources, Papu’s name was not mentioned in the programme schedule of the fest. However, his arrival at the festival to perform stand-up comedy was announced before the beginning of cultural programme on the day of closing ceremony.
It is being alleged that the organisers had deliberately kept it undisclosed.
Notably, while performing stand-up comedy on stage at the festival, Papu said that basil (tulasi) leaves over which street dogs pee everyday are used in the rituals of Lord Jagannath. He further went on to say that those who utter ‘Jay Jagannath’ are sinners (papi), sources said.
Tension gripped the spot following the incident as several Lord Jagannath devotees present near the stage protested the act and created ruckus demanding public apology from Papu. Normalcy returned after Papu apologised for his remarks on stage.
Below is the video showing what Papu said at the festival and how he apologised:
It may be recalled here that the Orissa High Court had granted conditional bail to Papu in the minor girl casting couch case. He is accused of sexually exploiting a minor girl on the pretext of giving her a break in movies.