Sabarimala Temple row: Dawn-to-dusk shutdown in Kerala, 266 arrested

Sabarimala Protests, Photo ANI

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 3: Kerala witnessed a dawn-to-dusk shutdown, called by various organisations on Thursday in protest against the visit of two women under the age of 50 to the Sabarimala temple.

As widespread violence reported from the different parts of the state, the police arrested 266 persons and held 334 in precautionary detention, news agency ANI reported.

Sabarimala Karma Samiti (SKS) and BJP workers held a protest march in Pandalam.

Asianet cameraperson Biju attacked by BJP workers during the protest.

Meanwhile, Congress is observing ‘ black day’ in the state. Party leader K Suresh told media “the state government is challenging the sentiments of devotees of Sabarimala. With the sponsor of state government, these two young women entered the temple. They are activists, they are maoists“.

Addresing media over violence, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that 7 police vehicles, 79 KSRTC buses destroyed & 39 police personnel attacked, till now.

“Most of the persons attacked were women. Women media persons were also attacked”. he added.

“It’s government’s responsibility to give protection to women. The government has fulfilled this constitutional responsibility. Sangh Parivar is trying to make Sabarimala into a clash zone”.


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