22 platoons of police for Odisha Banajaga Yatra

Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Mar 29:

Heavy police bandobast has been made for the Banajaga Yatra of the Lords that took off from Odisha’s holy town Puri on Sunday.

Pic: Biswaranjan Mishra
Pic: Biswaranjan Mishra

A total of 22 platoons of policemen have been deployed in three different phases for the Banajaga Yatra, informed Ashish Singh, S P Puri.

Ten DSP rank officers and more than 100 sub-inspectors and assistant sub-inspectors have been deployed for the Yatra, the SP added. He said special cordon arrangements have been made for protecting darus after their identification.

“We have deployed 22 platoons of policemen in different phases. At least 10 DSP rank officers and more than a hundred sub-inspectors and assistant sub-inspectors combined have been deployed. After identification of daru, the temple administration will communicate it to us and we will cordon off the darus for their protection,” said Singh.

The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration will announce the location of darus after their identification, said Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, chief administrator SJTA briefing newsmen here at a press meet.

“Daitapati sevayats will visit several places for identifying darus. After zeroing in on the ordained darus, the dalapati of the Banajaga Yatra team will inform the SJTA abotu it in writing confidentially. The SJTA, in turn, will announce the location of the darus,” said Mohapatra.

“There is no such thing as probable darus. Daitapati sevayats will visit at least 20 to 30 places for identifying darus and it is their dalapati who will have the last word on the selection of the daru. He will finally select four darus and will confidentially inform us in writing following which the administration will make announcement on the location of the darus,” said the chief administrator SJTA.

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