Andhra Pradesh : The crackdown on protesters, who prevented women from the hitherto banned age group from entering the Sabarimala temple in Kerala, has crossed 2,000 arrests in just two days, police said on Friday.
Sabarimala Temple incident
In the last 12 hours, over 700 people from Pathanamthitta district – where the temple is located – as well as Thiruvananthapurm, Kozhikode, Ernakulam and other places have been arrested, Director General of Police Loknath Nehra told the media.
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Sabarimala temple protest incident
A total of 2,061 people across the state have been arrested since Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan chaired a high-level meeting with police officers and ordered the action to begin on Thursday. A total of 452 cases have been registered against 2,300 people for defying the September 28 SC order allowing women of all ages to visit the temple. The police chief said the crackdown would continue.
Nair Service Society, an outfit of Kerala’s Nair community, termed as “unethical and anti-democratic” the police action against devotees who protested the entry of women of all age groups in the Sabarimala temple.