Sabarimala row: Hindu Makkal Katchi to take 40 women to temple, says report

First Published 6, Dec 2018, 1:52 PM IST
Sabarimala Hindu Makkal Katchi to take 40 women to temple says report
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Earlier, around 15 women tried to enter the Sabarimala temple, but none of them could reach the Sannidhanam. Most of them returned after protests from devotees
 

Thiruvananthapuram: A Hindu organisation in Tamil Nadu is planning to bring women under the age of 50 to the Sabarimala temple before the end of the pilgrimage season this year. The Kerala police received an intelligence report regarding this.

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Earlier, around 15 women tried to enter the Sabarimala temple, but none of them could reach the Sannidhanam.  Most of them returned after protests from the devotees.

The additional director general of police (ADGP) Anil Kanth handed over the report regarding this to Kottayam and Pathanamthitta superintendents of police (SPs) who are in charge of the security in Nilakkal, Pampa and Sannidhanam. But, there is no information about the exact time and date of their arrival.

According to the report, the women will be brought to Sabarimala under the leadership of Hindu Makkal Katchi (HMK). They are also planning to enter the Vavar mosque in Erumeli. The report also said that they might attempt to enter the Sannidhanam.

The Supreme Court verdict on September 28 allowing the entry of women of all age groups into the famous shrine had made Sabarimala a battlefield. Women of all ages should be allowed into the Sabarimala temple, the apex court had ordered, ending the age-old ban.

The police evaluated that the situation may turn violent at Sabarimala since the group is trying to enter the Vavar mosque as well. The ADGP has called for the increase of security in Sabarimala and to take all the necessary precautions to avoid problems.

As per the report, the women will reach Sabarimala under the leadership of Arjun Sambath, state president of Hindu Makkal Katchi and Somu Rajasekhar, president of HMK unit in Thiruvallur. More people are likely to arrive in Sabarimala in the coming days, as per the report.

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