Puri’s Jagannath Rath Yatra is underway on Tuesday and the Odisha police are gearing up to ensure curfew norms are to be followed as per the government order. “We will act according to the government’s orders, the Police force will ensure curfew to the fullest. The government has ordered the chariots to be pulled without disciples this year and those orders will be followed,” Pratap Kumar Swain, Additional SP, Puri District, told Ootkal.com.
The local officer is part of the teams deployed currently at the temple premises, including 1 DIG, 1 Additional DG, 3 SP-rank officers, 5 Commandants, 7 Additional SPs, 23 DSPs, 45 Inspectors and 70 Platoon Force officers.
“We believe the decision is for the good as our holy parampara stays on,” Swain added.
The Supreme Court on Monday allowed the Rath Yatra to be held but issued a set of guidelines to ensure complete health safety of the citizen amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Chief Justice of India SA Bobde, heading a three-judge bench, said in the order that a maximum of 500 people would be allowed to pull each chariot. The temple management, state officials and police officers will be among the 500 devotees, who would pull the chariots in small groups and changing the positions in intervals of one hour.
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