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Devotee assaulted for refusing to offer huge amount in Odisha’s Jagannath temple

Chetan G. Amolkar, a resident of Thane in Maharashtra, lodged a complaint with police in Singhadwar, alleging that the servitors manhandled him inside the the temple premises

india Updated: May 20, 2018 20:26 IST
Indo Asian News Service
Indo Asian News Service
Indo Asian News Service, Bhubaneswar
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The staff at the Jagannath temple in Odisha’s Puri assaulted a devotee and snatched his gold pendant.(PTI File Photo)

The staff at the Jagannath temple in Odisha’s Puri assaulted a devotee and snatched his gold pendant on Sunday after he refused to pay a huge amount for offering prayers, police said.

Chetan G. Amolkar, a resident of Thane in Maharashtra, lodged a complaint with police in Singhadwar, alleging that the servitors manhandled him inside the temple premises.

“The pundits are getting a salary for their service. But they also demand a huge amount from the devotees in the name of ‘darshan’ of the deities.

“It’s a devotee’s call how much he wants to pay, but they force us (to pay more). When we refuse to pay the money they demand, we face such situations,” said Chetan, who visited the temple with his family.

Police officer Gokul Ranjan Das said a case has been registered.

First Published: May 20, 2018 20:23 IST