BJP banks on Narendra Modi’s visit to Tamil Nadu and Kerala today to increase footprints in South India
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.
As violence raged in Kerala on Saturday, the third day of clashes during which over 3,000 people have been arrested for their role in protests following the entry of women into the Sabarimala temple.As the police intensified its crackdown on those indulging in violence — the total number of arrests doubled from around 1,400 on Friday to 3,000 on Saturday — the opposition hardened its stance against the government and announced the visits of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah to the state later this month. Watch: Sangh Parivar trying to turn Sabarimala into clash zone, says CM Pinarayi VijayanAccording to PTI, governor P Sathasivam briefed Union home minister Rajnath Singh about the law and order situation in the southern state.: