Herald: Cops can’t enter Puri’s Jagannath temple with guns, shoes: Apex court

Cops can’t enter Puri’s Jagannath temple with guns, shoes: Apex court

11 Oct 2018 06:12am IST
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11 Oct 2018 06:12am IST

PTI, NEW DELHI:  The Supreme Court said Wednesday that no policeman should enter the Jagannath temple at Puri "with weapons and shoes" after the issue was brought to its notice following the October 3 violence at the famous shrine.

A bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta took note of the violence which took place during a protest against the introduction of queue system for devotees at the temple.

A lawyer, representing an organisation which has filed an application for intervention in the matter, alleged in the apex court that during the violence, policemen had entered the temple with guns and boots on.

"Last time, in Golden Temple, the Army had entered. We know that," the counsel said.

To this, the bench said, "Do not compare it with Golden temple."

In June 1984, Indian Army had carried out operation Blue Star, ordered by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, to remove religious extremist leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and his armed followers from the Golden temple complex.

The bench then asked the counsel appearing for the Odisha government, "Tell us, is it a fact that police has gone there with guns and all?".

The Odisha government's counsel termed the allegations as "absolutely false" and said no policeman had entered the temple as the incident had taken place at the office of Shree Jagannath temple administration which is situated around 500 metres from the main temple.

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