Priests fight at Jagannath Temple, one gets a bloody nose
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Last Updated: Tuesday, October 05, 2010, 18:52
Puri: Two groups of priests, locally known as Pandas, fought over their share of donations given by devotees at the 12th century Sri Jagannath temple in Orissa on Tuesday and the scuffle was so intense that one of them ended up getting a bloody nose.

After the unseemly fight, purification rituals had to be conducted on the deities after the 'Ratna Sinhasan' in the sanctum santorum of the popular shrine had blood splattered on it.

The fracas took place during 'Sahana Mela' (public darshan) of Lord Jagannath before noon during which one of the priests was found bleeding from the nose after being hit by another, police sources said.

When blood was found on the 'Ratna Sinhasan', which is considered a bad omen, a 'Maha Snana'(holy bath) was done for the deities leading to a delay in normal activities at the popular shrine.

The incident took place in full public glare in the presence of police and officials of Sri Jagannath Temple administration.

The priest who was injured on the nose was rushed to a hospital.

A case was registred at Sinhadwar Police Station against one of the priests for ssault, the sources said.

The behaviour and conduct of some Pandas at Lord Jagannath has often come under criticism.


New Delhi: Demanding withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from Srinagar and several other places in Jammu and Kashmir, the CPI Tuesday said it was necessary to have a re-look at the legislation.

"CPI feels it is necessary to have a relook at the AFSPA at the earliest. It is necessary to withdraw AFSPA from Srinagar and several other places," the party said in a statement after the meeting of its National Executive here.

"It is necessary to have broad democratic common platform to express solidarity with Kashmir and to discuss issues like human rights violation and autonomy to the state," it added.

Welcoming Centre's eight-point programme for Jammu and Kashmir after the visit of all-party delegation there, the CPI said the government should take "necessary and meaningful" steps for implementing these proposals in the state.

"The CPI welcomed the proposals, but wanted the government to take necessary and meaningful steps for the time-bound implementation of these proposals," it said.

Demanding urgent steps for an early implementation of the proposals, it said, "there are serious charges levelled by many people in the state that proposals and packages etc for Jammu and Kashmir announced in the past were not all implemented. There was no sincerity on part of the Union government."

The Left party also asked the Centre to set up a mechanism involving representatives of political parties to monitor the implementation of the eight-point programme and continue the dialogue.

Terming the visit of the all-party delegation as "fruitful", the party also appreciated its representatives for holding discussions on their own with the "supposedly separatist leaders" who had earlier refused to meet them.

In the all-party delegation, CPI was represented by its senior leader and MP Gurudas Dasgupta, who had briefed the party national executive yesterday on the visit.

Under the eight-point programme announced late last month, Government plans to appoint a group of interlocutors to hold dialogue with all sections of the state. It has advised the state to release 245 youths from jails and review the cases of Public Safety Act detainees and granted Rs five lakh to families of people who have lost their lives in clashes with security forces.

A task force each for Ladakh and Jammu region would also be appointed.


First Published: Tuesday, October 05, 2010, 18:52

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