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Over 2,000 Sabarimala protestors arrested by Kerala police

October 28, 2018

The Kerala government has arrested over than 2,000 protestors who held protests in Sabarimala in the last one week. Over 452 cases have been registered and most of them were arrested from their homes during night time. BJP Chief Amit Shah said that the party is with firmly with devotees of Lord Ayyappa who do not want women to enter the shrine.

In Sabarimala, nation has seen a fight between dharma,belief & bhakti on the one side & an oppressive Kerala govt on the other. The LDF is using its power to suppress belief of Ayyappa devotees. But Mr Vijayan,I want to remind you that BJP stands firmly with the Ayyappa devotees- Amit Shah

All the accused were arrested on charges of attacking policemen in duty and violating the Supreme Court order on allowing women devotees and journalists to enter the main shrine. Images of most of these men were released by the Kerala police. The images even went viral on social media! Last week, a hartal was observed in Kerala by the protestors. Public property was damaged and people in Kerala had to undergo a lot of problems due to the strike. The protestor's unleashed violence and created panic in many districts across the state.

On September 28, Supreme Court of India had passed the verdict that women of menstruating age can enter Sabarimala, which is the abode of Lord Ayyappa who is believed to be celibate. The order was implemented from 17 October. But Kerala ruling CPI (M) part alleged that the BJP, RSS and Congress parties have been harassing women who tried to enter the temple. But Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the Supreme Court order is the law of the state, and it will be implemented at any cost. He added that what Shah has said is clearly against law of the land. The communist government that rules Kerala will not support that at any cost.

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