Sabarimala temple protest Updates: At least 72 people were arrested for violating the prohibitory orders in the Sabarimala temple vicinity since last night’s police crackdown. The police action has promoted massive protests by the BJP and right-wing workers. The Congress party has also termed the police actions against ‘genuine devotees’ unwanted. However, Minister for Devasoms (Temples) Kadakampally Surendran has backed last night’s police action saying it was not the pilgrims but RSS goons. Meanwhile, scores of protesters also gathered outside the residence of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and are staging protests against the police action.
Earlier today, Union Minister KJ Alphons, who hails from Kerala, visited the hill shrine and slammed the LDF government over its stand on the Sabarimala temple issue. He said that situation in the temple town was similar to emergency and there was no need for imposition of Section 144.
Massive security arrangements have been made at the shrine in view of the rising protests. Today morning, a PTI report said, a few devotees turned up to offer prayers when the doors were opened. The temple doors were opened for two-month long pilgrimage on Friday, third time since the Supreme Court’s landmark verdict on September 28 to lift the centuries-old ban on entry of women of all age groups.
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