Sabarimala stir: BJP protests in Kerala

Sabarimala stir: BJP protests in Kerala

Courtesy : Nationalist Bureau19/11/2018 09:19

The Bharatiya Janata Party has declared Sunday as a day of protest in the state after a party leader was taken into protective custody while he was on his way to the hilltop shrine of Lord Ayyappa at Sabarimala.

  •  BJP general secretary K Surendran detained from Nilakkal base camp as he tried to leave for Sabarimala
  • BJP workers staged protests in front of the state secretariat at Thiruvananthapuram
  • BJP workers staged protests in front of the state secretariat at Thiruvananthapuram

 After Kerala observed a 12-hour statewide strike on Saturday, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has declared Sunday as a day of protest in the state after a party leader was taken into protective custody while he was on his way to the hilltop shrine of Lord Ayyappa at Sabarimala.

A 46-year-old woman, who had made a vain bid to trek to the Lord Ayyappa shrine at Sabarimala when it was opened last month, on Saturday tried her luck once again but had to beat a hasty retreat after protesters prevented her.

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In the latest standoff between the police and the Sabarimala protesters, BJP general secretary K Surendran was detained on Saturday night from Nilakkal base camp as he tried to leave for Sabarimala.

BJP has declared Sunday as a day of protest in Kerala after the detention of its leader Surendran. The BJP plans to block highways in the state.

Surendran was produced before a magistrate at his residence on Sunday and remanded to 14-day judicial custody after he was charged with non-bailable offences. He was booked under Section 353 (Assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharging his duty) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC)and Section 34 (acts done by several persons for the furtherance of common intention) of IPC.

BJP workers staged protests in front of the state secretariat at Thiruvananthapuram and across the state including Kochi, Kottayam and Kannur.

The protest was over the arrest of Hindu Aikya Vedi state president P Sasikala, who was on a pilgrimage to the Lord Ayyappa temple early Saturday.

In spite of hartal, thousands of pilgrims offered prayers at the Sabarimala temple on Saturday. However, normal life was hit elsewhere in the state as the hartal progressed; buses and auto-rickshaws remained off roads in several areas.

The Travancore Devaswom Board, which manages the shrine, has decided to approach the Supreme Court on Monday, seeking more time to implement its September 28 verdict permitting women of all ages to offer prayers at the Sabarimala temple.

Pune-based activist Trupti Desai with young six women colleagues returned to Mumbai from Kochi airport on Saturday. Protesters blocked Desai and colleagues at the Kochi airport for 14 hours. She eventually decided to return to avoid confrontation but vowed to come back to Kerala unannounced in her next attempt.

The Sabarimala temple reopened for the third time on Friday for the two-month-long pilgrimage season after the Supreme Court allowed women of menstrual age to offer prayers there.

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