Protestors block vehicles to scan for women at base camp Nilakkal on Wednesday.(Vivek Nair/HT Photo)
Protestors block vehicles to scan for women at base camp Nilakkal on Wednesday.(Vivek Nair/HT Photo)

Sabarimala temple row Highlights: Shrine opens, Section 144 imposed in surrounding area

Sabarimala temple gates opened at 5 pm on Wednesday as protests against the entry for women devotees of menstrual age turned violent.Despite the Supreme Court order, no women turned up at the opening of the temple.Earlier in the day, clashes erupted as protesters tried to stop women the temple, with police waving batons charging stone-throwing protestors.The protesting group of devotees had been staging a sit-in chanting Ayyappa mantra in the shelter in protest against the Supreme Court order permitting women of all age groups to enter the shrine.Here are the highlights:

By Ramesh Babu | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2018 09:23 PM IST
8:23 pm IST

Devotees offer prayers at Sabarimala

7:33 pm IST

Bus carrying journalists, others vandalised near Nilakkal base camp

7:04 pm IST

Devotees climb Pathinettam Padi to enter Sabarimala

6:45 pm IST

Police seen vandalising vehicles in Pampa

6:33 pm IST

Security tightened in Pamba and Nilakkal

DGP Lonknath Behera said 700 additional police personnel had already been deployed in Pamba and Nilakkal, the base camps of Sabarimala pilgrimage, to maintain law and order and ensure the safety of devotees proceeding to the temple.

“At least 700 armed police personnel, 100 of them women, are already placed in various locations. A team of commandos will also be deployed soon,” he said.

6:28 pm IST

Prayers being offered at Sabarimalatemple

6:25 pm IST

RSS-BJP is behind all of this: Kerala minister on violence

6:17 pm IST

Hindu outfits call for 24-hour state wide shutdown

24-hour state wide shutdown on Thursday called by Sabarimala Samrakshna Samiti, an umbrella organisation of many Hindu outfits.

6:03 pm IST

Kerala’s temple affairs minister blames RSS for violence

Kerala’s temple affairs minister Kadakampally Surendran blamed RSS for the violence.

5:46 pm IST

Section 144 declarerd in 4 areas including 2 base camps

After violence, Section 144 was declared in four areas including two base camps.

5:13 pm IST

Sabarimala temple gates open

Sabarimala temple gates open amid protests with no women in the menstruating age group in the queue.

The devotees can offer prayers till 10.30 pm today. The portals remain open till 22nd October.

4:47 pm IST

Female reporters attacked near Sabarimala temple

A female journalist from CNN NEWS 18 was attacked by protesters, who smashed the windows of the car she was travelling in in view of the police, footage from the channel showed.

Saritha Balan, a journalist from online publication The News Minute, was kicked by protesters while accompanying devotees trying to access the site, she told Indian TV, while camera crews from several other channels had their vehicles vandalised.

ANI says its reporter Ayushmaan Kumar was attacked by protesters at Nilakkal base camp when he was taking the pictures of women checking the buses for women devotees.

4:54 pm IST

Pilgrims wait for Sabarimala temple gates to open

4:45 pm IST

It’s a very unfortunate situation: BJP leader on violence at Nilakkal

LDF govt is fully responsible for any law and order situation in state. It’s a very unfortunate situation, we aren’t responsible. No BJP worker is involved, we’re condemning that attempt: BJP’s MS Kumar on incidents of violence at Nilakkal base camp.

4:13pm IST

Police lathi-charge protesters gathered at Nilakkal base camp

Police with batons charged a group of more than one hundred protestors trying to prevent women accessing the Sabarimala temple, an AFP reporter at the scene said. Demonstrators threw stones at police.

 

4:00pm IST

Meeting underway at NCW office to discuss steps to be taken

The National Commission for Women has taken cognizance of the attack on women journalists in the ongoing protests at Sabarimala. A meeting is underway at NCW office for further steps to be taken.

3:48pm IST

Scenes of street battle at Nilakkal

Many cops, mediapersons and protesters injured in violence at Nilakkal, the second base camp which is 16 km away from Sabarimala temple

3:42pm IST

Protesters playing dirty politics,govt bound to implement SC order: Kerala minister

3:40pm IST

Lathi charge continues, protesters’ tents demolished by cops

Protesters pelt stone, lathi charge by police continues; police chase protesters, demolish their tents

3:36pm IST

Cops resort to lathi charge as protests turn violent, many journalists injured

Police resort to lathi charge at Nilakkal as protests turn violent. NDTV correspondent Sneha Mary Koshi and many journalists injured

3:25pm IST

Vehicles damaged in violence at Nilakkal

Violence reported in Nilakkal; many buses and vehicles are said to have been damaged.

3:15pm IST

Rahul Easwar, grandson of Tantri, arrested

Rahul Easwar, grandson of Sabarimala Tantri, who was among those opposing entry of women of menstrual age into Sabarimala, arrested. He is also head of an organisation called Ayyappa Dharma Sena and filed a review petition against the SC verdict on the Sabarimala case.

2:50 pm IST

Protesters attack woman journalist’s car

2: 45 PM IST

Armed mobs attack women journalists: Reports

Armed and masked mobs attack women mediapersons who had gone to cover the protests near Kerala’s Sabarimala temple and vandalize their vehicles. Vehicles and reporters from at least four media organisations targeted - in some cases in presence of the police, the journalists say, reports news channel NDTV.

01:14 PM IST

Minister warns against the ‘wrath of Lord Ayyappa’

Minister, E P Jayarajan says agitators will invite “Ayyappa dosham” (the wrath of Lord Ayyappa) for blocking devotees who want to go to Sabarimala after taking vrata (penance), reports PTI.

01:07 PM IST

Devasom board ex-president among 50 people detained

More than 50 people, including former Travancore Devaswom Board president Prayar Gopalakrishnan, taken into custody in Nilakkal and Pamba for protesting against entry of women into Sabarimala temple.

01.00 PM IST

Congress protests court order

The Congress leaders hold a peaceful protest in Nilakkal against the entry of women in the age group of 10-50 into SabarimalaTemple.

12:48 PM IST

Temple to be open till October 22

The doors of the temple that open at 5 p.m. today will remain open till October 22. This is the first time the temple would be opening after the Supreme Court order allowing women of all ages to visit the shrine..

11:59 AM IST

40-year-old woman from Andhra sent back by protesters

Protesters force 40-year-old Madhavi and her family from Andhra Pradesh to abandon their trip to the Lord Ayyappa temple. Madhavi, accompanied by her parents and children, began set off for the pilgrimage on the Swami Ayyapan road, but 10 minutes into their trek they had to abandon their plan due to protests.

Forty-year-old Madhavi from Andhra Pradesh, on way to Sabarimala temple, was forced to abadon her pilgrimage by protesters. ( ANI photo )
11:49 AM IST

Police detain protesters in Pamba

Police detain people in Pamba protesting against the entry of women into Kerala’s Sabarimala temple.

10:58 AM IST

Women protest in Nilakkal against the SC order

10:42 AM IST

No one will be stopped from going to Sabarimala: Police chief

Kerala Police chief Loknath Behra says no one will be stopped from going to Sabarimala. “There is a very strong police presence in and around Sabarimala,” Behra said

10.10 AM IST

Protests at Pamba base camp

Protests being held near Pamba base camp against the entry of women in the age group 10-50 to SabarimalaTemple

9:41 AM IST

Pilgrims begin arriving at the base camp

Pilgrims begin arriving at Nilakkal, the base camp of SabarimalaTemple as the portals of the temple are all set to open today, first time after the SC order allowing women of all ages to enter the temple

8:59 AM IST

Day of bandhs, protests in Kerala

Sabarimala Samrakshna Samity calls for a 24-hour bandh. BJP state president PS Sreedharan Pillai to also stage dharna against the Sc verdict allowing women of all ages into Sabarimala temple

08:44 AM IST

Notice barring women from entering Sabarimala removed

Temple removes board saying ‘women in the age group 10-50 are barred’. It was removed last night.

8:29 AM IST

Minister calls review meeting

Devasom minister kadakampally surendran calls review meet at hilltop temple.

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