A Special Investigation Team (SIT), consisting three members of the Odisha Crime Branch police on Thursday arrived at the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration office in Puri regarding an investigation on the circulation of misleading photographs of the secret rituals of Lord Jagannath like Brahma Parivartan, burial of the old idols of the Lords etc. on the social media.
“We have sought the list of servitors from Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA). We need to know if the priests carried cellphones to the shrine,” said a senior CB officer.
“Though SJTA claims that the photos are bogus, the CB wants to ensure that none of the priests clicked pictures of the Bramha,” the officer added.
“They also may interrogate Daitapatis if any of them are found to have taken mobile phones inside the temple premises on the night of June 15 and whether anyone had taken photographs or recorded videos of the Brahma/Ghata Parivartan rituals,” sources said.
The sources also said that the team is interrogating several officials of the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) in connection with the secret rituals of the Lords.
Entry of mobiles phones into the temple premises, it may be noted, is strictly prohibited.
A few days ago, the temple’s chief administrator Suresh Mohapatra admitted to have received complaints that some priests carried cellphones to the temple.
The CB officers are scheduled to visit Puri next week and question the priests. They hope to get some vital information from Jay Krushna Dasmohapatra and his father Kasinath, whom the temple body suspended for the delay in Bramha Paribartan ritual. After his suspension, Jay Krushna had hinted that some senior servitors took mobile phones into the 12th century shrine. On Saturday, the SJTA officially dismissed the authenticity of the photos and said they were downloaded from YouTube in October 2011.