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Niladri Bije fiasco: HC rejects Palankadhari’s advance bail plea

Cuttack, Aug 18: With the Puri police trying its best to nab Bhimsen Palankadhari and six other servitors of Jagannath Temple, Puri for misbehaving with the Puri Collector-cum-District Magistrate (DM) Arvind Agrawal, the Orissa High court here on Thursday rejected the anticipatory bail plea of Palankadhari.

Justice Shatrughna Pujahari rejected the anticipatory plea of the servitor, who has been booked by the Puri police for allegedly threatening the district Collector during the Niladri Bije ritual (Ceremonial procession of deities to the sanctum sanctorum) of the deities on July 17.

Besides Palankdhari, three other fugitive servitors have also approached the High Court seeking advance bails.

The eight absconding servitors, who have been declared absconders by the district police and whose posters were pasted at various busy locations are Damodara Mahasuara, Jayakrushna Mahasuara, Saina Khuntia, Bhimsen Palankdhari, Ipsit Pratihari, Rabi Das, Kasinath Khuntia and Bhagirathi Khuntia.

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