Press Esc to close
Thursday 22 June 2017
News updated at 7:36 PM IST

Nepal priest abused at Puri temple, police suspended

Puri, Jul 24, 2013, DHNS 3:02 IST
File Photo
Days after the famous Jagannath temple in Puri hit headlines due to an alleged assault on Italy-born dancer Ileana Citarasti by its servitors, a priest of a royal family has complained of being abused by a woman constable posted there. The accused cop was suspended immediately pending an inquiry.

Madhav Prasad Bhattarai, the visiting priest (“rajguru”) of the Nepal Royal family, has registered a complaint in Lion’s Gate police station in Puri alleging that a woman constable misbehaved with him while he was entering the shrine on Tuesday.

According to the complaint, Bhattarai was walking through the southern gate after being frisked by three policemen. He had taken only a few steps when the woman constable stopped him and started scolding him, presuming him to be a non-Hindu and foreign national. Though a local priest accompanying Bhattarai conveyed to the constable the Nepal rajguru’s identity, she refused to listen.

The incident has turned out to be a major embarrassment for the Puri temple administration as the shrine has a long association with the royal family of Nepal. The king of Nepal enjoys certain special privileges when he visits the temple. Despite being foreigners, Nepalese are allowed to enter the temple because they are Hindus.

The royal priest was in the temple town as a guest of the Shankaracharya of Puri, Swami Nischalananda Saraswati. A spokesperson of the Puri Gabardhan Peeth on Wednesday said the Shankaracharya took strong exception to the incident and demanded immediate action from the Puri temple and district authorities.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo attends a training session at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia...

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo attends a training session at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia...

A helicopter drops water as U.S. Forest Service firefighters and several other departments battle...

A helicopter drops water as U.S. Forest Service firefighters and several other departments battle...

A tiger licks a block of ice containing chicken parts offered by zoo keepers during the summer...

A tiger licks a block of ice containing chicken parts offered by zoo keepers during the summer...

Roger Waters performs during his 'Us + Them' tour stop at Staples Center on Tuesday...

Roger Waters performs during his 'Us + Them' tour stop at Staples Center on Tuesday...

Girls stand in monsoon rains beside an open laundry in New Delhi...

Girls stand in monsoon rains beside an open laundry in New Delhi...

Students and various Yoga centre members participated in International Yoga Day programme...

Students and various Yoga centre members participated in International Yoga Day programme...

Army jawans perform yoga near Line of Control in Poonch on the 3rd International Yoga Day on Wednesd

Army jawans perform yoga near Line of Control in Poonch on the 3rd International Yoga Day on Wednesd

People enjoying the rains at the historic Ridge in Shimla on Wednesday.

People enjoying the rains at the historic Ridge in Shimla on Wednesday.

Gurukul students make a human formation in the shape of International Day of Yoga logo...

Gurukul students make a human formation in the shape of International Day of Yoga logo...

BJP leaders during a celebration march after the party's victory in Municipal Corporation...

BJP leaders during a celebration march after the party's victory in Municipal Corporation...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.