Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Feb 22:
A woman devotee was allegedly assaulted by temple police on the premises of Jagannath temple in Odisha’s Puri today.
A group of tourists from Agra had visited the world famous 12th century shrine this morning when a female member of the group was allegedly assaulted by Jagannath Temple Police (JTP) while they were paying obeisance to the Lords at around 8.30 am.
The JTP personnel allegedly had an altercation with the tourists near the bahara katha (outer barricade) followed by a scuffle in which the woman devotee sustained minor injuries, sources said.
Following the incident, the devotee filed a complaint with the Singhadwara police station here.
Meanwhile, the Singhadwara police recorded the statement of the complainant.
“A police man beat me with a stick. When I asked him why he was beating me, he again did that which hurt my son. Thereafter, when I argued with her, he became violent and started abusing me physically. He even tried to pull my saree and hair. I want him to be punished so that it does not happen with anyone else,” the complainant Natasha Guha said.
The incident has evoked sharp reactions from the devotees visiting the temple. They have denounced the incident of misbehaviour by the temple police.
“This is really unfortunate that a woman devotee has been manhandled by the temple police. Strict action should be taken against the erring officials so that it is not repeated in the future,” a devotee said.