Trivandrum: Two Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) workers were on Friday arrested under sections 302 and 307 for the death of Sabarimala Karma Samiti worker Chandran Unnithan, news agency ANI reported. Notably, Chandran Unnithan died during stone-pelting between opposing groups on Wednesday evening at Pandalam in Pathanamthitta district.
Further, the Supreme Court (SC) will now hear a contempt plea on January 22 against the temple priest for shutting the sanctum for purification after two women devotees entered the premises of the Sabarimala Temple on Thursday. (Also Read: Day After Clashes, Sri Lankan Woman Climbs 18 Steps But Denied Further Entry to Offer Prayers at Lord Ayyappa Shrine)
A video which was released by news agency ANI showed the women dressed in black from head to toe. Devotees named Bindu and Kanakdurga, both under the age of 50 years, were escorted by cops in the temple. The women had tried to offer prayers last week as well but couldn’t do so.
With BJP creating a furore over the entry of menstruating women in the Lord Ayyappa shrine, the saffron party’s ally Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said the decision of the Supreme Court should be final and thus contradicted BJP’s stand on the Sabarimala issue and said his party supported the Supreme Court judgment allowing women of all ages to enter the Kerala shrine. ‘The LJP is against any gender discrimination’, Paswan said.
The other developments that were registered until Thursday evening was that Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus services to Kerala were resumed. Kerala Governor has sought an urgent law and order report and said, “Sought from Chief Minister an urgent Law & Order report on incidents of violence & destruction of private & public property in Kerala following entry of two young women in Sabarimala temple. I appeal to all sections of people to maintain calm & peace.”