Andhra Pradesh : A total of 68 pilgrims have been arrested from Sabarimala temple so far for flouting prohibitory orders in place at the temple leading to protests here and across Kerala.
Sabarimala Temple Row
While some Hindu activists took to the the streets, raised slogans and even held prayer sessions outside police stations across the state.
The police had to make a quick move as about 200 pilgrims gathered at the premises of the temple complex and did not vacate even after preliminary orders provided to the pilgrims. They continued with the chants even after being requested, forcing the police to take action and forcefully evict them.
68 pilgrims arrested in Sabarimala Temple row
As many as 68 devotees were also arrested. They were taken to the Maniar Police Camp in Pathanamthitta district and were produced before a court later on Monday.
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Superintendent of Police Prathish Kumar told the media the arrests were made as protesters even after being informed to disperse once the temple closed at 10 pm did not move out. Forces of the Sangh Parivar has announced to hold protests on Monday across the state. Security has been heightened for Vijayan, who has official engagements in Kozhikode.
Speaking to the media at Nilackal, Alphons on Monday said: “I fail to understand why the Kerala Police has clamped prohibitory orders. “This is not the way things should be handled. Sabarimala pilgrims are not extremists. You cannot use force in this place.”
He also said that he would inspect how the state has utilized the Rs 100 crore-relief fund from the Centre, “I will go around the temple town to make sure how the funds have been used.” The Sabarimala Temple opened its doors at 5 pm on November 17 for two months.