Sabarimala Temple row Highlights: KSRTC bus services to Kerala have been resumed
Sabarimala Temple Row Highlights: The BJP had called for a two-day protest against the women’s entry in the Sabarimala temple under police protection.
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Widespread violence was reported across Kerala as a shutdown began on Thursday, day after two women under the age of 50 managed to enter the Sabarimala temple.
The BJP had called for a two-day protest against the women’s entry in the Sabarimala temple under police protection.
On Wednesday, angry protestors blocked roads in many parts of the state. Police caned protestors in Kasargode, Palakkad, Kollam and many other places. A group of women jumped a barricade and came close to the CM’s office in the state capital, but were overpowered. Many government buses and vehicles were pelted with stones.
Here are the highlights:
Manifestation of Kerala Women’s Wall relevant for whole country: CPI(M)
Kerala women’s wall protest is relevant for the whole country, said CPI(M) on Thursday stressing that it was within 12 hours of the human chain being formed that two women below the age of 50 entered the Sabarimala temple and prayed at the inner sanctum.
SC to hear contempt plea against Sabarimala tantri for closing temple for purification
The Supreme Court will hear on January 22 a contempt plea against the Sabarimala temple tantri for shutting the sanctum for purification after two women belonging to the previously prohibited age group entered the temple on January 2.
BJP MP writes to Rajnath Singh seeking probe into entry of women in Sabarimala temple
BJP MP V. Muraleedharan writes to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh seeking probe by national security agencies into the entry of two women in the Sabarimala Temple, reports news agency ANI.
Journalists and camera persons have faced the ire of frenzied protesters
Journalists and camera persons have faced the ire of frenzied protesters of the saffron outfits across Kerala while trying to cover the violence spread by them.
Press meets were boycotted by media in protest
The press meets called by BJP state president P S Sreedharan Pillai and Samithi leader K P Sasikala were boycotted by the media this afternoon in protest against the widespread attacks faced by them since Wednesday afternoon.
Media in Kerala boycott BJP for attacks on scribes
With media personnel being attacked at various districts during the 12 hour hartal by saffron outfits against entry of two women in their 40s into Sabarimala temple,the Kerala Union of Working Journalists Thursday decided to boycott BJP and Sabarimala Karma Samithi, reports PTI.
Over 20 offices of ruling CPI(M) and other Left parties were attacked during protests
Over 20 offices of the ruling CPI(M) and other Left parties were attacked during the protests.
Kerala chief minister lashes out at BJP, RSS for violence during hartal
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan Thursday lashed out at BJP and RSS, accusing them of unleashing violence during the hartal over the Sabarimala women’s entry issue, saying it was a ‘conspiracy for political gains’ and would be dealt with strongly.
Sabarimala panel says special police protection to women would affect rights of pilgrims
A three-member panel appointed by the Kerala High Court to oversee the ongoing Sabarimala pilgrimage season has said granting special police protection to women in menstrual age to enter the Lord Ayyappa temple would adversely affect the rights and safety of other devotees.
KSRTC bus services to Kerala have been resumed
Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus services to Kerala have been resumed.
Kerala governor seeks urgent law and order report from CM
Kerala governor: Sought from Chief Minister an urgent law and order report on incidents of violence and destruction of private and public property in Kerala following entry of two young women in Sabarimala temple. I appeal to all sections of people to maintain calm and peace.
Cases would be registered against those involved in alleged hate campaign on social media
Cases would also be registered against those involved in alleged hate campaign on social media, the police added.
Mobile phones of suspected persons would be confiscated : Police
Mobile phones of suspected persons would be confiscated and sent for digital examination and raids would be carried out at their homes, to unearth arms, if any, the police said in a release.
Kerala governor Palanisamy Sathasivam seeks report on mounting violence in the state
Kerala governor Palanisamy Sathasivam seeks a report on mounting violence in the state.
A photo album of the perpetrators of violence would also be prepared
A photo album of the perpetrators of violence would also be prepared, the release said, adding that special teams would be set up to arrest those agitators involved in violence.
The special branch would prepare the list of those indulging in violence
The special branch would prepare the list of those indulging in violence and hand it over to the district police chiefs for further action, the police said in a release, reports PTI.
Police launch ‘Operation Broken Window’ to take action against those indulging in violent protests
As the state continued to witness massive violence due to the hartal called by Hindu outfits, the police launched a special drive, ‘Operation Broken Window’ to take action against those indulging in violent protests.
Supreme Court declines urgent hearing on contempt plea against authorities
The Supreme Court Thursday refused urgent hearing of a contempt petition moved by two women against Chief Priest of Sabarimala temple and its authorities for closing the shrine after two females of menstruating age group entered it, breaking a centuries-old tradition.
266 arrested, 344 in precautionary detention
266 persons arrested and 334 in precautionary detention in connection with the attacks during hartal called by various organisations over the Sabarimala Temple women entry, reports news agency ANI.
Kerala CM’s decision to allow women into temple had undermined sentiments of Ayyappa devotees: UDF convenor
UDF Convenor Benny Behanan said Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s decision to allow women of menstruating age into the temple had “undermined the sentiments” of the Ayyappa devotees.
Hanuman Sena activists urge Union Home Ministryto take note of the incident
Ten Hanuman Sena activists have urged the Union Home Ministry to take note of the incident, alleging that it had “hurt the sentiments of Hindus” and sought necessary action against the Kerala government.
Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation suspended 25 bus services
In view of the one-day hartal in Kerala over the issue, the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation suspended services to that state from here. About 25 bus services were cancelled, police said.
Law & order has collapsed in Kerala: UDF
The Congress-led UDF alleged that the law and order had collapsed in Kerala following the violence during a shutdown called by saffron outfits on Thursday to protest against the entry of two women of menstruating age into the Sabarimala temple.
Youth Congress members protest against two women’s entry into Sabarimala Temple, detained by police
Youth Congress members protesting outside IG office over two women entering the Sabarimala Temple, detained by police in Kochi, reports news agency ANI.
15 members of BJP lawyers’ wing in Coimbatore burnt a portrait of Kerala CM
Fifteen members of the Bharatiya Janata Party lawyers’ wing in Coimbatore burnt a portrait of Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan. They raised slogans against him for failing to maintain the shrine’s “sanctity”.
Hindu Makkal Katchi activists were prevented from staging protest at in Coimbatore
The Hindu Makkal Katchi activists were prevented from staging the protest at a railway station in Coimbatore, the police said.
60 protesters held in Tamil Nadu over women’s entry into Sabarimala
Sixty workers of a Tamil Nadu-based fringe Hindu outfit were arrested in Coimbatore for trying to stage a ‘rail-roko’ on Thursday in protest against the entry of two women of menstruating age group into the Sabarimala temple in Kerala, police said.
AIDWA objects to purification ritual after women’s entry into Sabarimala temple
The All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) has expressed strong objection to the purification rituals carried out by the priests after two women of menstruating age visited the Sabarimala temple, calling it “demeaning” as it projects women as “impure” and “unclean”, reports PTI.
AIDWA objects to ‘purification’ ritual
The All India Democratic Women’s Association has expressed strong objection to the purification rituals carried out by the priests after two women of menstruating age visited the Sabarimala temple, calling it “demeaning” as it projects women as “impure” and “unclean”.
Over 100 media personnel attacked
Around 100 media personnel, including women, have been attacked in Kerala in the last two days since protests erupted after two women prayed at the Sabarimala temple, a journalist leader said on Thursday, blaming the Sangh Parivar activists for the mayhem.
Stone pelting during hartal
Widespread stone pelting, blocking of vehicles and incidents of violence and vandalism Thursday marked the dawn-to-dusk hartal called by the Hindu outfits in Kerala against the entry of two women of menstruating age into the Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala, police said.
The 12-hour long hartal, called by the Sabarimala Karma Samithi, an umbrella organisation of various pro-Hindutva groups, and the Antarrashtriya Hindu Parishad (AHP), hit normal life in the initial hours.
4 youth Congress workers injured
Four Congress workers were hit and injured by the pilot vehicle of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan when he was returning home from office for lunch on Thursday, the Congress said.
Congress legislator M. Vincent said that the four party workers got injured in two different incidents.
Bring ordinance to protect devotees: RSS leader
RSS leader PEB Menon wants the Centre to bring an ordinance to protect believers in Sabarimala. “ Devotees have lost faith in state government. Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan adamant posture has led to sorry state” he said.
They didn’t land in chopper: Vijayan
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday defended the act of two women who entered Sabarimala temple on Wednesday, saying they did not arrive in a helicopter to have ‘darshan’.
“These two women came just like any other pilgrim and went up the way that all pilgrims go to the temple. They never came on a helicopter to have darshan,” Vijayan told the media here.
He said other pilgrims made the process of ‘darshan’ smooth when the two women pilgrims prayed at the temple.
Asianet cameraperson Biju was attacked by BJP workers during protest in Trivandrum over Sabarimala Temple row.
4 BJP workers stabbed
Four BJP workers were stabbed in Vadanappally in Kerala’s Thrissur while enforcing shutdown.
BJP general secretary addresses party workers
BJP general secretary Shobha Surendran addressed party workers.
At many places in the Kerala the situation is getting out of control. Angry protesters are not paying any heed to their leaders. The situation has become grave in Palakkad, Kozhikode and Pandalam.
CM respondible for violence: UDF convenor
“The chief minister is responsible for on going violence”, said Congress led-UDF convenor Benny Behnan.
Baton-charged in Pandalam, Kozhikode, Kasargode and Ottapalam
Police baton-charged in Pandalam, Kozhikode, Kasargode and Ottapalam
Karma Samiti worker died of heart attack: CM
“Karma Samiti worker who was injured yesterday in clash in Pandalam succumbed to his injuries. There was a clash in Pandalam last evening.Chandran Unnithan was injured and was taken to hospital, he later died in the hospital due to heart attack,” said the chief minister.
38 cops among 100 injured in today’s violence: CM
“More than 100 persons were injured in today’s violence. Many party offices and houses attacked throughout the state. Among the injured are 38 cops,” said the chief minister.
Kanakadurga, Bindhu sought security to visit shrine: CM
“Kanakadurga and Bindhu, who entered Sabarimala temple, were given protection after they sought security to visit shrine, said Kerala chief minister.
Priest not in position to continue his post: CM
“The tantri acted against the top court of the country. He is not in a position to continue in his post,” the chief minister said.
Shutting temple for ‘purification’, a regressive step: CM
The chief minister criticised Tantri Rajeevaru Kandarau. “The priest’s decision to shut temple to do purification rites was regressive step,” he said.
‘They are activists, they are Maoists’: Congress MP
“We’re observing ‘black day’ in Kerala today. State government is challenging the sentiments of devotees of Sabarimala. With the sponsor of state government, these two young women entered the temple. They are activists, they are Maoists,” said Congress MP K Suresh, according to new agency ANI.
Sabarimala Karma Samiti, BJP workers hold protest march
Sabarimala Karma Samiti and BJP workers held a protest march in Pandalam.
It’s like calling hartal against SC order: CM
Conducting hartal in name of women’s entry into Sabarimala temple is like calling hartal against SC order, says CM Pinarayan Vijayan.
Contempt plea moved by lawyers will be heard along with review pleas: SC
The Supreme Court said contempt plea moved by lawyers’ group against Sabarimala authorities will be heard along with review pleas already pending before it.
Kerala govt hotel attacked in Chennai, police suspect Sabarimala backlash
A hotel run by the Kerala government in Tamil Nadu’s Chennai was attacked by unidentified people late on Wednesday night, in what police said could be a backlash by angry devotees against the entry of two women in Sabarimala temple.
Widespread violence in state: CM
“7 police vehicles, 79 KSRTC buses have been destroyed and 39 police personnel have been attacked so far. Most of the persons attacked were women. Women media persons were also attacked,” said the chief minister, according to news agency ANI.
Govt taking measures to ‘disturb’ temple rituals: PGS Varma of Pandalam family
“Kerala government is taking measures everyday to send someone there [Sabarimala temple] to disturb its rituals. It’s festival time when per day 1-2 lakh people used to come to the temple but due to government’s action, it has reduced to 10-15,000,” said PGS Varma, member of royal Pandalam family, according to news agency ANI.
Will deal with trouble makers sternly: CM
“The government will deal with trouble makers sternly,” said chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
Sangh parivar trying to sabotage SC verdict: CM
The Sangh parivar is trying to sabotage the Supreme Court verdict. Real Lord Ayyappa devotees are not against verdict, said the chief minister.
Fulfilled constitutional responsibility: CM
“It’s government’s responsibility to give protection to women. The government has fulfilled this constitutional responsibility. Sangh Parivar is trying to make Sabarimala into a clash zone,” said chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan while addressing media.
NK Premachandran, KC Venugopal and Suresh Kodikunnil, PK Kunhalikutty move adjournment motion
NK Premachandran, KC Venugopal and Suresh Kodikunnil, PK Kunhalikutty move adjournment motion in Lok Sabha over women entering Sabarimala Temple.
SC declines urgent hearing on Sabarimala
SC refuses urgent hearing on contempt plea moved against Sabarimala temple authorities for closing shrine after two women entered it. It will be heard on scheduled date January 22 itself.
BJP holds protest march in Kochi
BJP is holding a protest march in Kochi against the entry of women in Sabarimala Temple.
TDB seeks explanation from priest who closed temple for ‘purification’
Travancore Devasom Board has sought explanation from tantri for closing the Sabarimala temple for ‘purification rites’ after two women below 50 years of age entered the temple yesterday.
Not devotees... Maoists: BJP leader
V Muraleedharan,BJP: Y'day,2 women entered #SabarimalaTemple. They weren't devotees. They were Maoists. CPM with selected policemen prepared an action plan&then saw to it that the women go inside the temple. This is a planned conspiracy by Maoists in league with Kerala govt & CPM pic.twitter.com/mfZQqu35vv— ANI (@ANI) January 3, 2019
2 people detained
Two people have been detained by police in connection with yesterday’s violence and stone pelting incident in Pandalam.
Ambulances being used to help stranded passengers at Thiruvananthapuram Central
Ambulances being used to help stranded passengers at Thiruvananthapuram Central as bus services are affected in the area due to the hartal called by various organisations.
Will protest peacefully: state BJP president
“We will carry on with our agitation in a peaceful manner and abide by the law of the land,” said Kerala BJP president PS Sreedharan Pillai on protests over two women entering Sabarimala temple:
KSRTC stops bus service from Karnataka to Kerala
Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation has stopped its bus operations to Kerala for the day in view of the hartal called by various organisations, said the KSRTC PRO.
Security has been deployed in Pathanamthitta in the view of hartal called by various organisations over two women below 50 years of age entering Sabarimala Temple.
Will draw Centre’s attention: Kerala BJP president
Kerala BJP president PS Sreedharan Pillai said, “Stalinist administration in the state tramples believers.” He added the party will draw the attention of the union government. “A bunch of atheists stifling age old customs,” he said
United Democratic Front to observe ‘black day’
United Democratic Front will observe ‘black day’ in the state today as two women under 50 years of age entered the Sabarimala temple Wednesday. Here are visuals from Thiruvananthapuram
Many devotees call off pilgrimage
Many pilgrims bound for Sabarimala temple called off their pilgrimage saying that sanctity of the temple has been breached. Two big groups from Tamil Nadu returned this morning.
Strict action against those flouting laws: Kerala DGP
Kerala DGP Loknath Behera on Wednesday said strict action will be taken against those flouting rules of law and order during the bandh called for by some organisations over the entry of two women of menstrual age into the Sabarimala temple.
Furthermore, Behera directed all concerned authorities to give special attention to pilgrims so that they remain unaffected.
Relatives of one of the women who entered the temple moved to safety
In response to two women entering the shrine early Wednesday, protests broke out around Kerala, the state where the shrine, the Sabarimala Temple, is located. According to local news reports, the police moved relatives of one of the women who entered the temple into a safe house.
Cong led UDF to stage protest
Opposition Congress led UDF will stage protest today.
Bandh cripples normal life
Bandh has crippled normal life in the state. At many places even private vehicles are not plying.
Widespread violence reported across Kerala; 57 buses destroyed
57 buses have been destroyed. Many CPM and BJP offices attacked. Widespread violence reported from many areas of the state.
Police arrest two in connection with activist’s death
A native of Pandalam Chandran Unnithan (55) died in stone pelting. BJP said CPM workers were behind the attack. Police arrested two in connection with the death.
Shutdown begins in Kerala; activist succumbs to injuries
Shutdown has begun in Kerala. Security has been beefed up after intelligence report of violence. An activist of Sabarimala Karma Samiti who was injured during stone pelting succumbed to his injuries in the early hours on Thursday, said police.