In yet another incident reported inside the Puri temple, A physically challenged minor girl was allegedly raped inside the premises by a youth.
As per the reports, the incident took place when the 11-year-old girl went to the temple late on Friday night when the shrine was virtually deserted.
Taking benefit of the condition, a 28-year-old youth escorted her to the bathing mandap of the Lord and raped her before fleeing the place.
The victim was rescued in a critical condition. Angry locals spotted the accused and thrashed him before handing him over to the police. The girl was admitted to the SCB medical college at Cuttack as her condition worsened, the police said.