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Complaint against Naveen for violating Temple Rules in Puri

Bhubaneswar, Jan 02: Seeking blessings of Lord Jagannath in Puri on New Year day, Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik landed in trouble as a complaint has been lodged against him for allegedly violating the rules during his visit to the shrine yesterday.

The Sachetana Nagarika Manch has lodged a complaint against Patnaik with the Singhadwar police alleging that the CM has violated the rule by parking his car near the Aruna Stambha (Sun Pole) in front of the Singha Dwara (Lion's Gate) of the temple.

Since the area from Aruna Stambha to Singha Dwara has been declared as the prohibited zone by the temple administration that barred the devotees from keeping their shoes in the area, the CM parked the car there during his visit to the temple on the New Year yesterday.

The manch alleged that by parking the car in the prohibited area the CM has hurt the religious sentiments of the Hindus as well as the tradition of the temple.

Several devotees were deprived of the darshan of the Lords due to the parking. The manch demanded the arrest of the CM for this act under Section 279, 336, 295 (a) and 299 of the Indian IPC and Section 32 of the Police Act.

A copy has been sent to the Shankaracharya of Gobardhan Peeth, Mukti Mandap, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Prime Minister and the Director General of Police (DGP), said the convener of the Manch Priyadarshan Patnaik.

While protesting the incident, the temple servitors asked why the CM's car will be parked in front of the Singha Dwara, even the vehicle of the President of India Pranab Mukherjee during his recent visit to the temple had been parked outside the prohibited zone.

However, no case has been registered yet. The police said that the charges are being verified.

CM Patnaik had visited Puri Jagannath temple on the New Year to have darshan of the Lords. He was accompanied by Culture and Tourism Minister Ashok Panda, Puri MLA Maheswar Mohanty and Bhubaneswar MP Prasana Patsani. He also visited Swarga Dwar on the sea-shore where both his father and mother were cremated. He offered floral tributes at his father Biju Patnaik's Samadhi before returning to the state capital. During his visit he also inaugurated newly built Panthashala in the city.

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