Pamba: Kerala human rights commission member P Mohandas said that prohibitory orders should not be imposed at Sannidhanam. In a press meet, he said that media's Sabarimala narrative is fake.

“We have asked for an explanation from the state government and the director general of police regarding the prohibitory orders. We’ll discuss with the inspector general the restrictions imposed. There is no trouble at the Sannidhanam, contrary to what is reported by the media. None of the pilgrims complained about any kind of inconvenience,” he said.

Regarding women's entry into Sabarimala, Mohandas clarified that the human rights commission would not take up any case suo motu. "But if anyone files a complaint, it will be considered," he said. 

Those who created trouble at Sannidhanam are not pure devotees, Mohandas said. The real devotees, he said, would not create trouble. He also said that none of the pilgrims complained. 

Today, BJP president Amit Shah slammed Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan over the state government's stand on the Sabarimala issue. In a series of Tweets, Shah said that the state government was treating Ayyappa devotees like Gulag prisoners, invoking from history Soviet ruler Joseph Stalin's Adolf Hitler-like concentration camps.

In one of his tweets, Shah said that the way Pinarayi Vijayan’s government was handling the sensitive issue of Sabarimala was disappointing. Kerala Police are treating young girls, mothers and senior citizens inhumanly, Shah added, forcing them to undertake the arduous pilgrimage without even basic facilities like food, water, shelter and clean toilets.

Earlier, the Kerala high court had mocked the Pinarayi Vijayan government too over police excesses at the Sabarimala shrine, saying that the police officers should be in the barracks rather than attack pilgrims.