New Delhi: At least eight people have been taken into preventive custody from the Sabarimala Temple complex Tuesday night. According to an intelligence report, these people were present at the Lord Ayyappa’s temple to create trouble, said the police. Also Read - COVID-19 Lockdown: Migrant Workers Take to Streets in Kerala, Police Urge Them to 'go Back'
Reportedly, two out of the eight people have criminal cases registered against them at the local police stations. The detainees were arrested after they had offered prayers at the shrine. Later they were taken to the Pamba police station. Also Read - AAP MLA Raghav Chadha Claims UP CM Yogi Adityanath Getting Migrants 'Thrashed'; Cops Register FIR
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders and MPs, V Muraleedharan and Nalin Kumar Kateel, who were there to take stock of the facilities and situation at the Lord Ayyappa temple, arrived at the ‘Sannidhanam’ (temple complex) where the people were kept initially. Also Read - Kerala Reports First Coronavirus Death. A Reason to Worry? | 5 Points
Muraleedharan protested and sought an explanation from the police superintendent Pratheesh Kumar, who is in charge of security at Sannidhanam. Later, Muraleedharan said that he spoke to Kumar who assured that he would look into the matter.
On Monday, the Devaswom Board, which manages the Sabarimala shrine, moved to Supreme Court seeking more time to implement its order allowing women of all ages to offer prayers at the Lord Ayyappa temple. Reportedly, the petition said that the board lacks necessary infrastructure. In the petition, the board has also cited violence and protests against implementing the top court order.
On September 28, a five-judge constitution bench by a ratio of 4:1 had held that women of all age groups should be allowed entry in Kerala’s Sabarimala Temple. The court had ruled on a public interest litigation filed in 2006 by non-profit body Indian Young Lawyers’ Association seeking entry for women and girls to the shrine.
Earlier, the court had said that gender equality was a “constitutional message” and the ban on entry of women of a particular age group in the Sabarimala temple cannot be claimed as a right to manage religious affairs by its management.