Surendran, along with Thrissur district president A Nagesh, was taken into preventive custody on November 17 after he got into a scuffle with the police at Nilakkal where Section 144 was imposed.
Surendran, who was carrying the ‘Irrumudikettu’ (bundle containing offerings for the Lord), was told by a police team led by Superintendent of Police Yatish Chandra not to proceed to the hill shrine as it would create law and order problems. Surendran told the police he had come as an ‘Ayyappa Bhakta‘ (devotee) and should be allowed to pray at the temple.
Three of his supporters were also with Surendran when he tried to leave for the hill shrine. The BJP and RSS workers had staged protests against Surendran’s detention and of other devotees.