Sabarimala row live updates: Temple board moves SC seeking time to implement verdict on women’s entry

Hindu Aikya Vedi leader KP Sasikala, who was detained on Friday for defying prohibitory orders, reached Sabarimala temple top. She was allowed to visit the shrine after she assured she would return after ‘darshan’.Earlier in the day, a large number of BJP and RSS workers protested outside the official residence of Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan against the detention of over 70 persons at Sabarimala Temple late on Sunday night.The members of Bharatiya Janata Party and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh had gathered in front of Cliff House — Vijayan’s official residence at Nanthancode in Thiruvananthapuram.Here are the live updates:

In this file photo dated December 24, 2014, a ‘Karppoorazhi’ procession is being taken out at Lord Ayyappa temple, in Sabarimala.(PTI)
In this file photo dated December 24, 2014, a ‘Karppoorazhi’ procession is being taken out at Lord Ayyappa temple, in Sabarimala.(PTI)
Updated on Nov 19, 2018 10:20 PM IST
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10:17pm IST

Protests erupt again at Sabarimala

Protests erupted again at Sabarimala after police detained a group of 30 devotees for chanting hymns. Police warned the devotees they would be arrested if they chant hymns as they flout section 144 imposed in the area.

5:56 pm IST

Arrested devotees sent them to 14-day judicial custody

Arrested devotees being taken to Pathnamthitta district court which sent them to 14-day judicial custody. ( Vivek R Nair/HT Photo )
2:40 pm IST

Sabarimala temple board seeks time to implement SC order on women entry

The Travancore Devaswom board has moved the Supreme Court seeking time to implement the verdict of September 28 which allowed women of all ages to worship at the temple.

The Board, which manages the hill shrine, has cited lack of basic amenities among other things as the reason for seeking more time from the top court.

Pilgrims had said there was lack of adequate toilet facilities, causing immense difficulties especially to women, and rest rooms after the floods in August that had destroyed the infrastructure.

The top court had earlier refused to stay its verdict while agreeing to hear in open court a batch of petitions seeking review of its September 28 verdict by which it had lifted the ban on entry of women of menstruating age into the Sabarimala temple.

1.25 pm IST

Kerala CM should step down: Congress’ Ramesh Chennithala

Congress leader and leader of opposition in Kerala legislative assembly Ramesh Chennithala has demanded CM Pinarayi Vijayan’s resignation, saying, “The state has never been ruled by such an insensitive CM.”

1.01 pm IST

Alphons shouldn’t have visited Sabarimala

“Minister Alphons should not have visited Sabarimala when there was a law and order situation there,” said CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, adding “his visit will energise trouble makers”.

12.50 pm IST

Devotees are not extremists: Union minister Alphons

KJ Alphons has reached the temple top. “Why do you need 15,000 policemen in Sabarimala? Devotees are not extremists. It is not democracy. Even Stalin will be shamed. The government considers devotees sworn enemies and gave a free hand to control helpless pilgrims,” said Alphons after reaching the hilltop shrine.

Union minister Alphons Kannanthanam offers prayer at Lord Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala. ( PTI )
12.19 pm IST

Kerala HC questions state govt’s move to control devotees

The Kerala high court passed serious strictures against state government while questioning its move to control devotees. The court has asked AG to appear before it and give an explanation of the Sunday midnight drama.

“How can police do such high-handedness in the name of Supreme Court verdict?,” the court asked.

The HC was hearing a plea questioning the last month’s baton charge and subsequent police high-handedness. The HC had earlier asked the DGP to submit a list of erring officials. But police had pleaded helplessness saying it is difficult.

12.06 pm IST

RSS trying to vitiate atmosphere in Sabarimala

RSS trying to vitiate atmosphere in Sabarimala, said CM Pinarayi Vijiayan, adding Sunday night’s incident was “planned and executed by Sangh outfits and that the government won’t be cowed down by such agitations.”

12 pm IST

Kerala CM shown black flags

Two Yuva Morcha workers were detained for waving black flags at Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan.

Earlier in the day, the BJP and RSS had gathered outside the CM’s residence to protest against the mass detention of devotees at temple top.

11.40 am IST

Sasikala reaches Sabarimala temple, Union minister Alphons on his way

KP Sasikala has reached Sabarimala temple. Union Minister KJ Alphons is on his way to the temple top.

Union Minister KJ Alphons on his way to Sabarimala. ( Vijay Nair/HT Photo )
11:35 am IST

Hindu Aikya Vedi chief KP Sasikala nears Sabarimala temple

Hindu Aikya Vedi chief Sasikala is nearing the temple top amid state-wide protests against detention of over 70 devotees last night.

Sasikala was allowed to trek to the hilltop shrine after she assured she will return after offering prayers. She was asked to give an undertaking that she won’t camp at the temple top.

11:16 am IST

Congress condemns police action

Congress condemned police action of detaining over 70 persons at temple top on Sunday night,seeking high-level probe.

“The government handed over temple to the police, said opposition leadr

11:14 am IST

Navy choppers do aerial survey to assess situation at hilltop shrine

Navy choppers do aerial survey to assess situation at Sabarimala. State government had sought navy help for surveillance.

9:55 am IST

Sabarimala Karma Samiti meets state governor P Sathasivam

Sabarimala Karma Samiti, an umbrella organisation of many Hindu outfits, met with governor P Sathasivam seeking his intervention to ensure peaceful pilgrimage to the hilltop shrine.

9:45 am IST

Woman leader begins trek to hilltop shrine

Sasikala KP starts trek to Sabarimala temple.

Sasikala holds her granddaughter before beginning trek to Sabarimala ( Vivek Nair/HT Photo )
9:16 am IST

Devotees are not terrorists, why do they need 15000 policemen here? : KJ Alphons

“A situation worse than emergency is happening here, the devotees are not allowed to go up. Section 144 is imposed for no reason. Devotees are not terrorists, why do they need 15000 policemen here?,” said KJ Alphons MoS Tourism.

9:12 am IST

Pilgrimage affected due to police high-handedness: BJP state president

Police raj in Sabarimala. Pilgrimage is affected due to police high-handedness. Will move NHRC. Police forcing pilgrims to go back. It is a dangerous situation. The whole world is watching the naked rights violation in Sabarimala, said BJP state president S Sreedharan Pillai

9:10 am IST

Devaswom board to move plea in SC seeking time to implement the verdict allowing women of all ages to worship at Sabarimala

Travancore Devaswom board, which runs Sabarimala temple, will move a plea in apex court today seeking time to implement the verdict of September 28 which allowed women of all ages to worship at the temple.

9:05 am IST

Person injured in hilltop scuffle admitted to hospital

One person injured in hilltop scuffle admitted to hospital. He fell down and got injured during a stampede at the temple top. He has alleged he was manhandled by the police.

9:01 am IST

Union minister Alphons Joseph Kannanthanam to trek to Sabarimala

Union minister Alphons Joseph Kannanthanam to trek to Sabarimala. Earlier, he was just scheduled to visit the flood-ravaged Pamba base camp but now he will be trekking to the hilltop shrine

7:42 am IST

Woman leader allowed to visit shrine to offer prayers

KP Sasikala allowed to proceed to Pamba base camp after she gave an assurance that she will return after offering prayers at the hilltop. She was asked to give an undertaking that she won’t camp at the temple top. Superintendent of Police Yatish Chandra said she was allowed only after getting an undertaking.

7:25 am IST

KP Sasikala detained

KP Sasikala detained at Nilakkal base camp.

7:20 am IST

Youth wing of BJP to hold a daylong state-wide agitation

Yuva Morcha, the youth wing of the BJP will hold a daylong state-wide agitation on Monday to further intensify their stir against “police high handedness”.

“We have organised state-wide protest against this emergency like situation in the state,” Yuvamorcha state president Prakash Babu told news agency PTI.

7:10 am IST

Hindu woman leader moves towards Sabarimala

Hindu Aikya Vedi leader KP Sasikala moves towards temple after she was allowed to have darshan by court. Sasikala was detained on Friday night after she had defied prohibitory orders.

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