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More than 70 protestors arrested for causing violence in Sabarimala

November 20, 2018

Fresh incidents of violence were reported from the hill shrine of Sabarimala on Sunday night. Over 70 protestors, disguised as devotes, entered the temple and created obstructions for other devotees. All of them were arrested by the police triggering more violence across the state. BJP members protested against Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's residence in Thiruvananthapuram. Incidents of violence were reported at the state capital in Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Thodupuzha and Ranni. Cases have been filed against almost 200 people for various protests across Kerala.

These incidents created furore amongst devotees who were at the temple as part of the ongoing Mandala Kalam. Most of them complained that they were unable to witness 'pujas' due to communal riots in and around the temple.

1st time in the history of #Sabarimala .. people are arrested from Sannidhanam of Temple. Peaceful devotees were doing Saranam and Namajapam and there was no provocation or even protests as per Devotees on ground .. @CMOKerala Sri @vijayanpinarayi is being unfair unethical- Rahul Easwar, Right Wing Activist.

Two days before, Hindu Right Wing leader KP Sasikala was arrested for trying to climb the hill shrine. This sparked protests across the state. Sasikala was released on Sunday.

"#SaveSabarimalaTradition Thankfully there was no Bloodshed or Violence in this Police actions or retaliation from Devotees side. So in a way with benefit of hindsight, what happened is very good for #Sabarimala and this movement. Mark this Tweet", tweeted Suresh N.

On 28 September, the Supreme Court of India had lifted the ban on women of menstruating age not entering the temple. Ever since the order was implemented on 14 October, no women devotees have been able to enter the temple due to protestors. Many women were manhandled and abused as well.

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