The Travancore Devasam Board, which manages the Sabarimala shrine has moved the Supreme Court seeking more time to implement its verdict allowing women of all ages entry into the temple.
Following protests by the Kerala BJP and RSS workers against the detention of several people at the Sabarimala temple, the party’s youth wing, Yuvamorcha, will launch a daylong state-wide agitation on Monday. “We have organised state-wide protest against this emergency like situation in the state,” Yuvamorcha state president Prakash Babu said.
On late Sunday night, several BJP and RSS workers protested outside the official residence of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan protested against “police high handedness”. At least 72 pilgrims were arrested shortly after midnight for carrying a ‘namajapa’ (prayer) protest outside Sannidhanam.
According to the police, these are activists from right wing outfits who aim to create trouble outside the temple. The arrests were made as protesters refused to follow instructions issued by the police to leave the premises after the temple was closed. They have been charged for violating Sec 144 orders and interfering in the work of a police duty.