Non-Hindu detained over entry to Odisha’s Puri Jagannath temple

Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Mar 11:

A non-Hindu was today detained in a local police station in Odisha’s Puri over entry to the world famous Jagannath temple here.

Pic Courtesy: OST Photo

Pic Courtesy: OST Photo

The person identified as Masood Khan had entered into the temple for repairing of air conditioner installed inside the temple.

The person hailing from Khidirpur in West Bengal was employed by a Bhubaneswar-based company and sent to the pilgrim town for the job.

After finishing his job, Khan allegedly clicked photographs from his mobile phone near the temple which was spotted by the servitors.

The servitors caught him and asked him to pay fine for clicking photographs. While furnishing the personal details, it came to the notice that he was not a Hindu sparking outrage among the servitors.

While tension prevailed in the temple for a while over his entry to the temple, the man was taken to the Simha Dwar police station where a complaint was lodged against him.

The local police have detained the person and are interrogating him.

Notably, the entry of Non-Hindus to the temple has sparked resentment among the servitors and people many a times in the past. Now, the question arises as to how the proprietor or the employees of the maintenance company in Saheed Nagar area engaged a non-Hindu to do the repair works inside the 12th century shrine where entry of people other then Hindus is strictly prohibited.