Two Christians arrested for throwing beef at Lakshmi puja
Rourkela, Oct 4 (PTI) Two persons were arrested for allegedly throwing beef at an idol of Goddess Laxmi at a community puja pandal in Orissa's Sundargarh district today, police said.
Francis Ekka and Ajit Munda were arrested for their alleged involvement in the incident at Bolonda village about 25 kms from here, they said.
According to police, the two men along with one of their friend had slaughtered a cow before throwing its meat on the idol.
Police have recovered about two kg of beef from the pandal.
Earleir, a large number of locales blocked a road for several hours to protest against the incident.
Security has been steeped up at the village to maintain law and order and efforts to nab the third culprit were on, police said.
Orissa police arrest two for throwing beef at Laxmi idol
By Dipti Ranjan Kanungo
Rourkela (Orissa) : Orissa police have arrested two person for allegedly throwing beef at an idol of Goddess Laxmi on Sunday.
The arrested persons are Fransis Ekka and Ajit Munda. However the brother of Fransis Ekka claimed to be the main culprit. The police have also seized about two kgs of beef from near the idol.
A large number of people gathered in front of Goddess Laxmi puja pandal at Bolonda village and blocked the road for four hours, demanding arrest of the culprits those have thrown beef to an idol of Goddess Laxmi .
A team of police force led by superintendent of police, Diptesh Patnaik immediately rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control.
The three had allegedly slaughtered a cow at a nearby field Sunday morning before indulging in the incident.
Police force had been deployed in the village to maintain law and order and efforts to nab the main culprit.