Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Aug 26:

The Puri police today arrested Rabi Dash, servitor of Sri Jagannath Temple here, who had gone absconding after the disturbance during Niladri Bije rituals of Lord Jagannath and his siblings.


According to sources, Dash was arrested from Duttatota here and forwarded to court.

Notably, Dash and seven other servitors, who are accused of heckling the Puri District Collector Arvind Agarwal during the Niladri Bije rituals, were declared absconders on July 27. Posters bearing the photographs of the eight servitors were pasted at public places in the town.

It may be recalled that some sevayats had an altercation with the collector during the Niladri Bije rituals 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.