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Two women in their early 30s, Reshma Nishanth and Shanila Sajesh, attempted to reach Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala on Wednesday morning. They had covered almost half of the 5.5 km trek when they were intercepted by angry devotees. As situation turned grave, police used force to remove the two women to Pambha. Police this time plead helplessness, saying it is beyond their control.
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: