British national enters Jagannath Temple

Puri: A British national who entered the Sri Jagannath temple premises, where are foreigners are barred, sent the administration into a tizzy on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old British national, Steven Galaro, spotted by sevayats in the temple was caught and handed over to the police.

The tourist was handed back by the police to the temple administration, who after thorough verification and scrutiny of let him off, police sources said.

The tourist was allowed to go after verification of his antecedents as there was no rule for taking action in such cases, a senior official of the temple administration D P Panda said.

As Galaro had not entered the sanctum sanctorum, temple rituals remained unaffected, he said.