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Odisha Shree Mandir Sevayats, Devotees Protest Curbs On Mangala Arati Darshan

Puri; Dec.7: Local devotees and Sevayats of Shree Jagannath Temple continued to sit on the dharna for the second consecutive day on Monday demanding arrest of the police officers who had allegedly beaten them mercilessly during Mangala Alati in the temple on Monday morning. 

"Police barricades are creating a major hurdle in movements of devotees coming here to witness Mangala Alati," said a temple servitor.

"This is our temple and we have a right to see Mangala Alati free of cost. The temple administration is taking away our birth right," said a woman devotee who had come for Mangala Alati Darshan.

"We want no police force and barricades inside temple as devotees are facing problem in seeing Mangala Arati ritual," Sri Mandir servitor Damodar Mahasuar said.

A case was later registered against Mahasuar at the Singhadwar police station for staging protest.

 "The case was registered against the servitor on charges of indiscipline and disrupting government works.We are investigating the matter," said IIC of Singhdwara PS.

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