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Gajapati terms Puri violence as unfortunate  

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Puri: Puri King Gajapati Dibyasingha Deb today termed the violence errupted on Puri Bada Danda over Dhadi Darshan (queue system) at Srimandir as unfortunate.

Speaking to media, the Puri King said the State Government should initiate a proper probe into the whole episode and take action accordingly.  He further said that following investigation, persons to be found guilty must be strongly punished.

The Gajapati also urged all stakeholders to maintain peace and make efforts to ensure that such incidents do not occur in future.

On the other hand, BJP condemned the arrest of persons in connection with the incident. Party leader KV Singh Deo said police are arresting people by inviting them on the pretext peace committee meeting. The cops must have evidence before taking such action against any person.

Meanwhile, former BJD leader Damodar Rout blamed Revenue Minister Maheswar Mohanty for the violence and said the minister should resign on moral grounds.