The Kerala police late on saturday arrested a minimum of seventy persons on the charge having broken the preventive orders within the vicinity of the sanctum, Sannidhanam, in Sabarimala.
A senior officer aforesaid the group had staged a protest within the vicinity once the temple closed at 11 p.m. They additionally allegedly resisted law enforcers who tried to get rid of them from the sensitive high-security zone.
The protest occurred within the vicinity of the shrine dedicated to Vavaru Swamy, a mythological Muslim military leader allied to the god as per the temple lore.
Special Officers Prathesh Kumar and SIvavikram, both SPs, escorted the protesters to Pampa, four kilometre downhill, within the company of a large posse of police.
Officers aforesaid they might book the protesters on the charge of violating Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, unlawful assembly and resorting to criminal force to discourage officers from discharging their duty.
Supervisory officers at the station in Thiruvananthapuram, who were watching the case, aforesaid initial reports from Sannidhanam urged that a majority of the cluster owed allegiance to the Hindu Aikya Vedi backed Sabarimala karma Samathi.
Their vocalizing of prayers within the vicinity of the shrine had noninheritable the character of a belligerent protest after the sanctum closed.
Officers aforesaid they would present video surveillance footage of the incident as proof in court. they might additionally use a man-made intelligence battery-powered code to spot the suspect and to fix culpability. The police planned to move the suspect to a police camp in Pathanamthitta and produce them before of a magistrate at the earliest.
The State police, later, known one amongst the leaders of the late night protest at Sannidhanam in Sabarimala as K. G. Kannan, district treasurer of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Kottayam.
Officials alleged that mr. Kannan had entered Sabarimala as a pilgrim and staged the protest together with Hindu Aikya Vedi and Sabarimala karma Samathi activists hailing from Ponkunnam and Kanjirapally in Kottayam and Chathannoor in Kollam district. They aforesaid he figured prominently among the "Save Sabarimala" campaigners detained at the sanctum and escorted downhill to Pampa.
Officers watching the case within the pilgrim neighborhood from the capital aforesaid that several of those arrested had figured as suspect within the violent protests against women devotees, journalists and police officers at Sabarimala and adjoining localities in Oct and November.
They aforesaid they would move the district magistrate and also the court for extending the preventive orders in Sabarimala until the end of the Mandala-Makaravilakku pilgrim's journey situation in period of time, 2019.
The protest had come back after many days of relative peace at the forest shrine. Senior police officers viewed it as a precursor to the further increase of the agitation to forestall the implementation of the Supreme court order permitting ladies, no matter their age, to worship at the predominantly male-only shrine.