SC restricts entry of armed police personnel in Puri's Jagannath temple after protests against queue system turned violent
Nine policemen were injured in clashes at the Jagannath Puri temple on 3 October during protests against a queue system for devotees being introduced at the Odisha shrine.
The question got a fresh lease of life this year when eminent Italian born Oidissi dancer Ileana Citaristi was allegedly assaulted by two servitors.
Harassment and loot of devotees is now passé. A section of the sevayats (servitors) in the holy Jagannath Temple in Puri has now graduated to bigger things: land deals, drug peddling, politics and even murder.