New Delhi, Oct 10 :
The Supreme Court on Wednesday prevented police from entering the twelfth century Puri Jagannath temple with weapons and wearing shoes.
A bench of Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta said no policemen should enter the temple armed and wearing shoes also asked Odisha government to file response within two weeks.
It also took into note the violence that had broken out during a protest against the introduction of a queue system for devotees.
The plea was filed by a practising advocate Debasish Misra alleging that the on October 3 police entered the temple with guns after which a violence took place in the temple premises.
The queue system was introduced for ‘darshan’ of temple on an experimental basis.
Counsel appearing for the Odisha government told the court that no violence took place inside the temple premises and the office of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA), situated around 500 meters from the main temple, was attacked and ransacked.
47 persons were arrested in connection with the violence, Odisha government said, adding that nine policemen were injured in the violence.
12-hour dawn-to-dusk shutdown to protest against the introduction of a queue system had turned violent on October 3.
Socio-cultural organisation Jagannath Sena had called for bandh against the newly-introduced queue system for devotees where they have to enter the shrine by forming a queue at the Singhadwara, which is the main entrance to the temple.