Home News Reports Sabarimala turns into a war zone as communist government lathicharges and pelts stones at protesting devotees

Sabarimala turns into a war zone as communist government lathicharges and pelts stones at protesting devotees

The area around the Sabarimala temple in Kerala turned into a war zone after Lord Ayyappa devotees blocking entry of women into the temples clashed with police forces. After the controversial judgement of the Supreme Court allowing women of all ages to enter the temple, protests have erupted in the state against the order. The devotees of trying to protect an age-old tradition which bars women aged between 10 and 50 years from entering the temple.

The temple doors are scheduled to be opened at 5 PM today, and thousands of devotees have formed a protective ring around the temple to prevent any women from entering it. The protesters were checking vehicles going towards the temple and removed women present in the vehicles.

The state government has deployed around 1,000 policemen and two battalions of women combat forces to maintain law and order. Police have removed pandals and road blockages erected by protesters. “We will ensure their security for travel and deal protests with a firm hand. We have completed police arrangements on Sabarimala route. If anyone tries to block and conduct searches on vehicles carrying Ayyappa devotees, they will be arrested and prosecuted,” DGP Loknath Behera said. Police also lathicharged protesters when they were trying to block women from going towards Pamba.

- Ad - - article resumes -

It is being reported that in a shameful incident, the police has also pelted stones at the devotees who are protesting.

There were also incidents where a swarm of devotees also attacked the car of Republic TV’s South India bureau chief Pooja Prasanna. The crew of CNN News was allegedly also attacked and the car where Radhika Ramaswamy was travelling was vandalised. The News Minute journalist Saritha S Balan was attacked near Sabarimala.

The protesters didn’t make any difference between women visitors to the temple and other women and blocked all women from going near Sabarimala.

In a crackdown on protesters, police have arrested several people leading the protest. This includes activist Rahul Easwar and family members of Tantris associated with the temple. Easwar is the grandson of the former high priest of the Sabarimala Shrine.

While the left ruled Kerala government has resolved to implement the apex court order and decided not to file a review petition as demanded by devotees, the Congress party decided to join the devotees and they held a peaceful protest against the entry of women in the temple.

After the verdict which was viewed as unfair by many, many are now saying that the communist government of Kerala which by ideology has little regard for religious beliefs and faith are using strong-arm tactics to silence devotees who are trying to protect their tradition.

Help Opindia Reach Every Indian. Share This Post
We need your support to survive in the media industry. Please consider paying us for the content we produce:

To know more about these payments, please click here.


Big Story

Strange rumours are coming out of Kashmir. Shah Faesal, supposedly, is Doval's stooge.

2019 World Cup Is Here!

Catch the latest on Cricket World Cup as it unfolds, special coverage by Opindia

To Advertise on Opindia.com Click here

Here is why Prannoy Roy and Radhika Roy were stopped at the airport and were not allowed to leave the country

Radhika and Prannoy Roy of NDTV have said that they were not allowed to leave the country because of a concocted ICICI loan case. Read about that case in details

P Chidambaram finally arrested by CBI after officers scale wall of his residence as the gates were locked

Chidambaram arrested from his residence after he addressed a press conference at Congress office

Is Shah Faesal Ajit Doval’s asset? Unlikely, Swati Chaturvedi may be unwittingly helping the central government

Strange rumours are coming out of Kashmir. Shah Faesal, supposedly, is Doval's stooge.

Read full details of new FIR filed by CBI: Prannoy Roy, Radhika Roy and Vikram Chandra accused of criminal conspiracy, cheating and corruption

A new FIR has been filed by the CBI against Prannoy Roy, his wife, Radhika Roy, and former CEO of NDTV, Vikram Chandra in a case related to money laundering.

Poetic Justice: P Chidambaram falsely hounded Amit Shah and Narendra Modi, now he is on the run for his own transgressions

When P. Chidambaram was the Union Home Minister, Amit Shah was unceremoniously arrested and slapped with charges of murder, extortion, and kidnapping among others over the Sohrabuddin encounter case.

The Zomato controversy: Their business plan, the dispute and a dark tale of greed, exploitation and fear

The controversy stems from deep discounting, favouritism, monopolistic trade practices amongst others, creating a rift between the delivery platforms like Zomato and Restaurateurs
Hartosh Singh Bal resorts to factually incorrect details to target Amit Shah

Fact-Check: Unlike Chidambaram who tried to escape from law, Amit Shah resolutely faced trial and was acquitted

Hartosh Singh Bal equated P Chidambaram's disgraceful escape with Amit Shah's tenacity to face the law

You are a glorified broker who takes all the credit for our product: Restaurateur rips Zomato apart in an open letter

'You are merely a delivery agency. It is not your product. Just do your job and deliver the food', restaurant owner writes to Zomato

All that Pakistan is left with is a war of misinformation: Here are the myths and propaganda about Kashmir

Pakistan has gone to the two of the most dangerous forces for support- A fanatic faith and cruel communism, latter being more fanatic than the former.

Political Editor of The Hindu condones violence by Congress workers who beat up a man who shouted ‘Chidambaram Chor Hai’

Congress worker beats up a man for shouting 'Chidambaram Chor Hai', The Hindu Political Editor Nistula Hebbar shows excitement at the unruly behaviour.
Subscribe to Day's Top Stories
[newsletter_form type="minimal"]
- Advertisment -

Latest articles

Connect with us

181,092FansLike
171,836FollowersFollow
90,182SubscribersSubscribe
Help Opindia Reach Every Indian. Share This Post