Sabarimala temple to reopen for a day tomorrow; about 1500 cops on alert, prohibitory orders at Pamba and Nilakkal. A special branch report has predicted violence ahead of the reopening of the temple and restrictions have been imposed in the areas of Pamba and Nilakkal. Section 144 has been applied in several parts of the state. The security arrangements are being monitored by the Additional Director General of Police Anil Kanth, and media persons have been asked to stay away from the temple shrine until the day of the reopening. Comprehensive traffic arrangements have been made, and barricades erected at many places on the way to Nilakkal to prevent the entry of potential agitators.
Besides policemen, a 20-member commando team has also been deployed at Sannidhanam, Nilakkal, and Pamba.
On October 17 and 18, when the temple reopened for the first time since the judgment lifting the ban was passed, Women suspected to be between the ages of 10 and 50 were pulled out from KSRTC buses and asked to leave the place. Women journalists were also asked to leave and abused by groups of protesters, who assaulted them and even inflicted damage to their property.
As for those women who attempted to go to the temple with police protection, too, were harassed, abused and targeted for attempting to do so. Their houses, too, were attacked.
As of Sunday, a total of 536 cases were registered and 3719 people were arrested by the police in cases related to the Sabarimala protests. Around 100 people have been detained by the police. About 1500 policemen have been deployed in the temple area and will continue to remain till the midnight of November 6, when the temple closes again.
Meanwhile, the BJP called a 12-hour bandh on Friday to protest against the alleged atrocities against Sabarimala devotees by the police. The shrine is again slated to open for public on November 16, for a two-month annual pilgrimage.
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