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No CRPF deployment required now for Jagannath temple security

Last Updated: Monday, March 28, 2011 - 17:59

Bhubaneswar: Admitting that some foreign nationals had attempted to enter into Sri Jagannath Temple at Puri recently, Orissa government on Monday said that there was no proposal of deploying Central para-military force for security of the 12th century shrine.

"At present it is not felt necessary to deploy Central Reserve Police Force or Orissa Special Armed Police for security of Sri Jagannath Temple," Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said while replying a question in the Assembly.

Patnaik, who is also in-charge of the Home department, however, said that one US national namely Katic P Leonard had entered into the temple on December 28, 2010. She was detected inside the temple by police and was brought outside, the Chief Minister said.

Similarly, Patnaik said that two other foreigners namely Melanie E Klen and Steven Galaro (both UK nationals) were detected inside the temple on January 3, 2010 and June 7, 2010 respectively while trying to enter the temple.

On January 1, 2011, the Chief Minister pointed out that on the occasion of New year amidst heavy rush, four Muslim youths, identified as Abdul Rakhid, SK Abdut, Imam Hossain and Muktar Sheikh were detected inside the temple premises.

"Necessary security arrangements for the temple are being made as per the threat perception," Patnaik said.

Sri Jagannath Temple prohibits entry of non-Hindus into the shrine.


First Published: Monday, March 28, 2011 - 17:59
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