Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Nov 19:

Armed with court’s order, local police today initiated the process to confiscate the properties of one of the servitors for his alleged involvement in Niladri Bije ritual irregularities of Lord Jagannath in Odisha’s Puri.


The cops began the confiscation process with sealing of absconding servitor Ipsit Pratihari’s lodge. The Sharada Lodge and Mandap near Puri sea beach was sealed in the presence of District Magistrate and senior police officials.

“On the orders of SDJM Court, the lodge of Ipsit Pratihari having holding number 609 has been attached today,” Puri City DSP Pravat Rourtray said.

Prior to that, the occupants were asked to vacate the premises for smooth execution of the order.

On September 16, Puri police had moved the Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate (SDJM) court for confiscating movable and immovable properties of absconding servitors Damodar Mahasuara, Jayakrushna Mahasuara, Saina Khuntia, Bhimsen Palankadhari and Ipsit Pratijhari under section 83 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).

Besides, the court had also directed to freeze the bank accounts and seize the vehicles of the servitors.

These servitors were declared absconders by the court as they failed to surrender before it by September 12.

It may be mentioned here that Ipsit Pratihari is among the six who were declared as absconders on July 27 for allegedly misbehaving with Puri Collector Arvind Agarwal and media persons during Niladri Bije rituals. Of them, Rabi Dash was arrested earlier in August.