Kerala police Arrested more than 2,000 protesters

Kerala Police today arrested more than 2,000 protesters who were found to have instigated violence at Sabarimala shrine. About 1500 persons, however, were freed on bail. 451 cases were registered as the crackdown on protesters continued for the third day.

District SPs have been handed photos of 210 people suspected to have participated in the protests. The arrests came following a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, yesterday.

The Kerala Police has released photographs of over 200 people suspected to have been involved in the protests at Sabarimala to prevent the entry of women of menstrual age into the Lord Ayyappa shrine last week. According to police sources, special teams would be formed in all districts to identify the suspects whose photographs were released.

Vijayan government seems to be restless as mobilisationi of hundreds of police personnel at Sabarimala shrine failed his attempts to allow women of all ages into the temple due to large scare protests by devotees seeking to preserve the centuries old santity of the shrine. He was particularly  angry with RSS and BJP activities, who were said to be main motivators behind these protests.

Meanwhile, as part of steps to beef up security personnel during the three-month-long ‘mandalam-makaravillaku’ season starting on November the ‘Sannidhanam’ (temple complex), it has been decided to deploy 5,000 additional police.  Kerala BJP chief PS Sreedharan Pillai strongly condemning vindictive attitude of the CPM government, said that he would soon approach the High Court against the police action against the devotees.

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