Kerala: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Kerala general secretary K Surendran was the latest to be detained from paying a visit to the Sabarimala Temple. Surendran was not allowed to go towards and was taken into custody at the Nilakkal base camp when he was trying to visit the shrine. Also Read - Assam Police Arrests Opposition MLA Over 'Objectionable' Remarks on COVID-19 Quarantine Camps
The government called this as a precautionary measure as BJP has been backing the protests against the apex court’s verdict that allowed the entry of women of all ages. Earlier today, Hindu Aikya Vedi leader KP Sasikala was also arrested. A 12-hour shut down was called by the Sabarimala Karma Samiti and BJP that brought life to a standstill in the state– the second bandh within a month. Also Read - Crackers Are Passe, This BJP Leader Fired Shots in Air to Fulfil PM Modi's '9 Baje 9 Minute' Request, Booked
Meanwhile, the Travancore Devaswom Board Minister Kadakampally Surendran lashed out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and RSS for announcing indefinite strike by the right-wing activists from Sunday to protest against the arrest of Hindu leader KP Sasikala. “BJP is seeking political gains from Sabarimala,” he said. Also Read - 'Long Fight Against COVID-19 But Can't Give up', Says PM Modi; Is This a Hint at Lockdown Extension?
Speaking about the arrest of Sasikala, he said, “Sasikala has been spreading communal venom. That is her freedom. Police personnel repeatedly requested her to leave Marakkottam on Friday. But she had to be moved away from there, due to the intentions she had.”
Social activist Trupti Desai, who was unable to exit the Cochin International Airport due to protests being carried out against her visit, seems undeterred in her aim to enter the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala. She arrived at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai after calling off her plan to visit the Lord Ayyappa shrine over concerns of law and order and said that next time she will follow ‘guerrilla tactics’ to reach there.
“Police told us that they’ll provide us security the next time we visit. We decided to return as we didn’t want violence due to us. This time we went there after announcing, the next time we won’t announce but follow ‘guerrilla tactics’,” the Bhumata Brigade founder said.
The temple opened on Friday for 62-day long Mandala Pooja-Magaravilaku annual pilgrimage season.