Thiruvananthapuram: Over 1500 people were arrested in the last two days in Kerala following the violence that prevailed for six days after the portals of Sabarimala Temple were thrown open for the devotees for 5-day monthly puja on October 17. The premises witnessed tensed situation during the period as the shrine was opened for the devotees for the first time since the Supreme Court’s verdict to allow women aged between 10 to 50 years to enter the santum sanctorum.
As some protesters resorted to violence and prevented women from entering the Sabarimala temple, a lookout notice has been issued against 210 people. The police have also filed a case against as many as 2000 people. In a couple of days, on Wednesday and Thursday, Kerala police have arrested over 1500 protesters in Ernakulam Rural, Tripunithura Kozhikode, Palakkad, Thrissur, Kottayam and Alappuzha.
The mob which was responsible for the violence had vandalised police vehicles and KSRTC buses. Moreover, the victims of the mob violence were women journalists who went to the temple to cover the protests and the women devotees of the age group that was previously barred from entering the temple.
The police said that more arrests would be made soon and asked the public to send information about the culprits.
Police arrested 30 men from Kozhikode on Wednesday for organising the protest march without prior permission. The men who were alleged to be members of Hindutva groups were responsible for causing needless violence and damage to public property, stated a report by Manorama online. Police released the suspects on bail later on.
The Pathanamthitta district has prepared a list of suspects who caused violence outside the hill shrine and were involved in various other cases related to the temple entry. The list was prepared based on the video-shots taken at the protest site. The photos of the miscreants were made into an album and have been sent to the Kerala police.
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday blamed the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh for the violence. He labelled the protests as a “planned” and “deliberate” attempt to instigate violence in Kerala.