Vandalism of chulhas at Puri Jagannath Temple: Suspect identified on CCTV confesses crime

Puri: In today’s major development regarding vandalisation of chulhas at Puri Jagannath Temple, the person who was detained for his alleged involvement in the vandalism of chulhas at the Rosa Ghara (kitchen) has confessed his crime, informed Puri SP Kanwar Vishal Singh.

The accused man has been identified as J Mohapatra. The 30-year-old man is a resident of Begunia in Khordha.

“He felt uneasy about something following which he vandalised the chulhas,” he added.

During the interrogation, he confessed to be a devotee of Lord Jagannath. On the fateful night, he arrived at the temple.

Thereafter, he carried out cleaning work in the temple. Later, he went to the Rosa Ghara and vandalised over 60 chulhas as he felt uneasy.

It is pertinent to mention that with the help of servitors and the public, the cops were able to identify and nab him.

The cops initiated the investigation and got a hint from the railway station as a youth claimed to have seen him following which the first 10 railway stations were brought under investigation after the railway mapping of Puri.

The accused was located and detained on Tuesday evening and he will be forwarded to court today.

Notably, more than 60 Pithapuri, Kothabhoga, Satapuri and Thadapuri earthen ovens (chulhas) inside the Jagannath Temple’s kitchen, known as the Rosaghara, were vandalised.

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