An NRI, Deepesh Shah, 51, hailing from Gujarat was held by the Orissa police for climbing onto the chariot in Bhubaneshwar, Orissa on July 8th. The police stopped him while he was trying to climb 'Nandighosa', Lord Jagannath's chariot.
Police said that, “A case has been registered against Shah under IPC Section 188 IPC (Disobedience to order promulgated by public servant) and a section of Shri Jagannath Temple Act”.
During this Nineday RathYatra, the devotees are not allowed to climb the Chariot and are strictly prohibited to climb up according to Orissa High Court. Anyone defying this law is punishable by the law.
The RathaYatra, i.e the Orissa annual festival involving the procession (journey) of the deity's idols,started on July 6, and the three chariots are scheduled to take the deities back to their temple during the return car festival on July 14. The Century's biggest Rath Yatra began in Puri, about 67 km from state capital Bhubaneshwar.