Sabarimala Protests Turn violent: Section 144 to be Imposed from Midnight

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Ayyappa Devotees Clash With Police At Nilackal Protesters opposing the Supreme Court order on women’s entry into Sabarimala temple turned violent at Nilackal on Wednesday and clashed with police, which resorted to baton-charge.

Two women devotees could not proceed to the shrine after protests against the decision to allow women in the menstruating age into the Ayyappa shrine.

A woman from Andhra Pradesh, in the below 50 year age group, who tried to climb the Sabarimala Hills to reach the Lord Ayyappa temple, returned to Pamba following protests by male devotees.

She was provided security by the police to climb the hills but was forced to return after protests. Women journalists were heckled, their vehicles smashed and young female Ayyappa devotees turned back as hordes of Hindu right activists besieged the road leading to the Sabarimala temple whose gates open for women of menstrual age Wednesday evening for the first time after the Supreme Court’s verdict.

Massive security has been deployed at the site to ensure that all those who want to visit the temple are allowed to go. A team of 500 security officers and 100 plus women officers and constables are at Nilackal to ensure law and order in the area, reports our correspondent Vishnu Varma.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday assured that nobody will be allowed to take law into their hands. “My government will not allow any violence in the name of Sabarimala,” Vijayan said after ruling out the possibility of filing a review petition against the Supreme Court order.

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