The strike was called off after a 12-hour impasse even as servitors demanded transfer of Puri SP and withdrawal of cases lodged in connection with October 3 protests,” Pradip Mohapatra, head of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration, said.
The preventive detention of the outfit's convener, Priyadarshan Patnaik, had triggered the clash. The outfit had given a call for shutdown in Puri Wednesday, seeking immediate revocation of the queue system.
The dawn-to-dusk shutdown in the seaside town called by Sri Jagannath Sena turned violent as a mob barged into the 12th-century shrine, uprooted barricades erected on Baisi Pahacha and near Singhadwara and ransacked the office of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA).
The dalits were earlier denied access into the temple and were only allowed to peep through the inbuilt holes on the temple boundary wall to catch glimpse of the lord. However, after days of simmering dispute, the upper castes agreed to let dalits in the temple premisies on January 14, 2007.