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Sabarimala highlights: BJP worker dies in Kerala violence; 745 arrested

Reports say that at least 745 people were arrested till Thursday evening, while 628 people were taken into custody as a precaution

BS Web Team  |  New Delhi 

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Kochi: BJP activists stage a protest march against the entry of two women of menstruating age into the Sabarimala temple of Lord Ayyappa, in Kochi, Thursday, Jan 3, 2019. (PTI Photo)

A dawn-to-dusk Kerala shutdown called to denounce the visit of two women to the saw major violence on Thursday, a rarity compared to the regular strikes the state witnesses from time to time. 

The Sabarimala Karma Samithi (SKS), which had the backing of the BJP and RSS, said it called the protest to oppose the role of the Kerala government which facilitated the entry of the two women inside the temple before dawn on Wednesday.

What began as minor skirmishes at various places between the strike organisers and its opponents aggravated during the day as more than 300 protesters were arrested, with nearly 100 people, including police officials, getting injured in the violence.    
 

The worst affected districts included Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Palakkad, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Kasargode and Kannur.

A number of CPI-M offices came under attack. In several places in the suburbs of the state capital, it was a free for all as rival factions took on one another. In Nedumangadu near Thiruvananthapuram, crude bombs were thrown at CPI-M offices while homes of CPI-M leaders were attacked.

While state-owned and private buses were off the road, private vehicles, mostly two-wheelers, plied. Private cars also operated in Thiruvananthapuram and other major cities in Kerala.
 

Ten people in Kannur were arrested after they attacked vehicles that went past the BJP office.

At Pandalam in Alappuzha district, BJP and RSS activists took out a protest march after one of their supporters who was injured in stone throwing by CPI-M workers on Wednesday died late at night.

A CPI-M worker has been arrested and the wife of the deceased said the family does not believe a fair probe will happen.

 

Thursday also saw widespread attacks on the media, leaving many journalists, including women, injured and shaken.    

Here are live updates on over row

Sabarimala highlights: BJP worker dies in Kerala violence; 745 arrested

Ayyappa devotees stage protests in Karnataka   Devotees of Lord Ayyappa staged protests at several places across Karnataka on Thursday against the entry of two women of menstruating age into the Sabarimala temple in neighbouring Kerala. (Read more here)    Meeting under the banner of the 'Sabarimala Samrakshana Vedike' (Save Sabarimala Forum), the protesters demanded Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's resignation over the incident.    The protesters pointed out that Vijayan was not only a party leader but also the chief minister of a state and, hence, he should respect the religious sentiments of crores of Ayyappa devotees because India is a democratic country.

Sabarimala highlights: BJP worker dies in Kerala violence; 745 arrested

Ayyappa devotees stage demonstrations in Hyderabad on Sabarimala issue   Groups of devotees of Lord Ayyappa held demonstrations on Thursday in different parts of the city in protest against the entry of two women of menstruating age into the Sabarimala temple in Kerala. (Read more here)    Holding placards that read "Save Sabarimala", the protesting devotees took out a rally in Saidabad area here and squatted on the road.    They raised slogans against Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and later also burnt his effigy.

Sabarimala highlights: BJP worker dies in Kerala violence; 745 arrested

BJP MP V Muraleedharan has written to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh seeking a probe by national security agencies into the entry of two women into  the Sabarimala temple, news agency ANI reported on Thursday. BJP MP V. Muraleedharan writes to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh seeking probe by national security agencies into the entry of two women in #SabarimalaTemple. (file pic) pic.twitter.com/WlRdF4i0P3 — ANI (@ANI) January 3, 2019

Sabarimala highlights: BJP worker dies in Kerala violence; 745 arrested

Kerala media boycotts BJP, Hindu group for attacks on journos   With media personnel being attacked at various districts during the 12-hour hartal by saffron outfits against the entry of two women in their 40s into Sabarimala temple, the Kerala Union of Working Journalists on Thursday decided to boycott BJP and Sabarimala Karma Samithi. (Read more here)      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. 

Sabarimala highlights: BJP worker dies in Kerala violence; 745 arrested

The government transport system has claimed a loss of around Rs 3.35 crore as the protesters attacked around 100 buses in two days. The annual loss due to the attacks in Hartals for the transport corporation is around Rs 10 crore, said officials. 

Sabarimala highlights: BJP worker dies in Kerala violence; 745 arrested

745 people arrested Reports say that at least 745 people were arrested till Thursday evening, while 628 people were taken on custody as a precaution.  

Sabarimala highlights: BJP worker dies in Kerala violence; 745 arrested

Hartal turns violent in Kerala, BJP worker dies   The protest, which followed after two women aged below 50 years entered the Sabarimala temple despite resistance from the Hindu outfits on Wednesday, has ended up in violence across the State and death of a BJP worker. (Read more here)   

Sabarimala highlights: BJP worker dies in Kerala violence; 745 arrested

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. (Read more here)     In a report submitted in the high court on Thursday, the committee referred to the incidents when police escorted 11 women activists of Manithi, a Chennai-based outfit, to Sabarimala on December 23 and two women on the next day and said this contributed to the long queue of pilgrims from the base camp at Pampa up to the place of hold up.   The December 25 report also said because of the incidents, devotees, including women and children, had to wait for hours together for getting darshan.

Sabarimala highlights: BJP worker dies in Kerala violence; 745 arrested

Kerala Governor said he has sought from the chief minister an urgent law and order report on incidents of violence and destruction of private and public property in Kerala following the entry of two young women in the Sabarimala temple, news agency ANI reported on Thursday. "I appeal to all sections of people to maintain calm and peace," he said.  Kerala Governor: Sought from Chief Minister an urgent Law & Order report on incidents of violence & destruction of private & public property in Kerala following entry of two young women in #Sabarimala temple. I appeal to all sections of people to maintain calm & peace. (file pic) pic.twitter.com/o1dJFfF73W — ANI (@ANI) January 3, 2019

Sabarimala highlights: BJP worker dies in Kerala violence; 745 arrested

Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus services to Kerala have been resumed, news agency ANI reported on Thursday.  #UPDATE Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus services to Kerala have been resumed. https://t.co/iw3mWPFcaM — ANI (@ANI) January 3, 2019

Sabarimala highlights: BJP worker dies in Kerala violence; 745 arrested

266 people arrested in Kerala   In Kerala, 266 people were arrested and 334 placed under precautionary detention in connection with the attacks during the hartal called by various organisations over women entering the Sabarimala temple, news agency ANI reported on Thursday.  Kerala: 266 persons arrested and 334 in precautionary detention in connection with the attacks during hartal called by various organisations over #SabarimalaTemple women entry. — ANI (@ANI) January 3, 2019

First Published: Thu, January 03 2019. 09:29 IST
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Sabarimala highlights: BJP worker dies in Kerala violence; 745 arrested

Reports say that at least 745 people were arrested till Thursday evening, while 628 people were taken into custody as a precaution

A dawn-to-dusk Kerala shutdown called to denounce the visit of two women to the saw major violence on Thursday, a rarity compared to the regular strikes the state witnesses from time to time. 

The Sabarimala Karma Samithi (SKS), which had the backing of the BJP and RSS, said it called the protest to oppose the role of the Kerala government which facilitated the entry of the two women inside the temple before dawn on Wednesday.

What began as minor skirmishes at various places between the strike organisers and its opponents aggravated during the day as more than 300 protesters were arrested, with nearly 100 people, including police officials, getting injured in the violence.    
 

The worst affected districts included Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Palakkad, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Kasargode and Kannur.

A number of CPI-M offices came under attack. In several places in the suburbs of the state capital, it was a free for all as rival factions took on one another. In Nedumangadu near Thiruvananthapuram, crude bombs were thrown at CPI-M offices while homes of CPI-M leaders were attacked.

While state-owned and private buses were off the road, private vehicles, mostly two-wheelers, plied. Private cars also operated in Thiruvananthapuram and other major cities in Kerala.
 

Ten people in Kannur were arrested after they attacked vehicles that went past the BJP office.

At Pandalam in Alappuzha district, BJP and RSS activists took out a protest march after one of their supporters who was injured in stone throwing by CPI-M workers on Wednesday died late at night.

A CPI-M worker has been arrested and the wife of the deceased said the family does not believe a fair probe will happen.
 

Thursday also saw widespread attacks on the media, leaving many journalists, including women, injured and shaken.    

Here are live updates on over row

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