Vivid News 24: Policemen have been banned from using smartphones inside the Puri Jagannath temple. According to Puri Superintendent of Police Kanwar Vishal Singh, police officers are not allowed to use smartphones inside the temple. Notably, taking photos or videos is prohibited inside the Jagannath Temple.
But, in many cases, some visitors take their phones inside and take pictures and post them on social media. A few days ago, the police caught a visitor near Singhaduar on this charge. It is known that he is a resident of Bangladesh. The police filed a complaint against him. Allegedly, he was uploading pictures of the temple on social media.
According to the ‘Sri Jagannath Temple Act’, visitors cannot enter the temple with phones or cameras. There is also a ban on taking any pictures or videos. According to the police, if the pictures of the interior are made public, it can be harmful to the security of the temple. Visitors or staff, no one is allowed to take phones inside. Until now some police personnel and some selected officials of the temple used to enter the temple with phones.
Some elected officials are allowed to enter temples with smartphones for security reasons. Others have also been asked not to use smartphones while deployed for temple security. In this regard, Superintendent of Police Kanwar Vishal Singh said, “We will give mobile phones to some police officers for communication.
Special attention will also be paid to ensure that no visitor uses the phone inside the temple.” A banner has also been put up outside the temple warning visitors against the use of phones and cameras and that cameras are not allowed inside the temple.
In the past three years, there have been several incidents where visitors have been seen entering the temple with cameras or mobile phones and have gone viral on social media. And the role of the police administration in this incident has been repeatedly questioned. In this context, the police took strict action.