As Sabarimala Temple opened Friday evening for a two-month long pilgrimage season amid tight security, activist Trupti Desai said that she has been asked by the state police to return to Pune, PTI reported. The activist reached Mumbai on Saturday early morning while protesters gathered outside the airport.
Protests have been on at Cochin airport since today morning following Desai’s arrival in the state in an attempt to trek the hills and pray at the shrine on Saturday. Speaking to IndianExpress.com on Thursday, Desai had said the Kerala CM and DGP would be responsible if she and women accompanying her were attacked. Kerala activist Rahul Easwar also joined the protests at the airport briefly and said that Desai would have to walk over the protesters to enter the temple.
Meanwhile, the Travancore Devaswom Board has decided to move Supreme Court seeking more time to implement its verdict. Police personnel have been deployed at the base camp in order to avoid violence as devotees throng Pamba.