Puri: A youth from Bangladesh identified as 23-year-old Akash Chowdhury was arrested by Singhadwar police today for making photos of the sanctum sanctorum (Garbha Gruha) of Jagannath temple in Puri viral on social media a few days ago.
An official source said that the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) had previously lodged an FIR with Singhadwar police on Saturday (November 19), a day after the pictures of Srimandir went viral. A case (No-139, Dtd-19.10.2022 U/s-30(A)(4)(C) of Shri Jagannath Temple Act, 1954) was registered in this connection and a detailed probe was initiated leading to the arrest of Akash.
Akash is the son of late Anil Chowdhury, residing at Radhakunj Sarada Bhawan of East Zinda Bazaar under Sadar Sylhet (Patwali) police limits in Sylhet district of Bangladesh. The accused youth had secretly taken some photographs on his mobile phone inside the 12th Century shrine and subsequently shared those through his Facebook account, a press release issued by the police mentioned.
After the formalities of arrest were completed, the accused was forwarded to court later in the day. Police have seized a mobile phone used in committing the crime and the passport of accused Akash.
Akash is a YouTuber and member of a religious outfit, the senior police official said.
Questions were raised by devotees and servitors of the temple over lapses in security arrangements at the Vaishnavite shrine as mobile phones and cameras are strictly prohibited inside.