Puri:24/7/17: Two Kanwariyas (Bol Bom devotees) and five police personnel were injured in a clash between the two groups at Lokanath Temple in Puri today. Condition of one kanwariya is stated to be critical and he has been admitted to Puri hospital.
According to sources, the Kanwariyas had a confrontation with the servitors over pouring water on the Shiva Linga in the temple.
A servitor attacked a kanwariya from Gosani Nuagaon in Berhampur when the latter had gone to pour water in the temple. His fellow kanwariyas took him to the police camp on the temple premises and alleged that while some kanwariyas were waiting in a long queue for hours, the servitors allowed others into the temple by taking money.
A face off took place between the police and kanwariyas as the former did not take any action on the issue. Police had to resort to lathicharge to disperse the mob.