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Kerala: Days ahead of LS poll, Sabarimala outfit holds 'namajapa' protest

Press Trust of India  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

With Lok Sabha polls just nine days away in Kerala, activists of an umbrella organisation of various Hindu outfits Saturday staged a here to protest the alleged mass imposition of cases against them in connection with the agitation.

'Karma Samithi', which had spearheaded the agitation against the CPI(M)-led LDF government's decision to implement the September 28 verdict permitting women of all age groups into the shrine, alleged that their members had been implicated in various criminal cases "unlawfully".

Braving the scorching heat, a number of activists, including women, squatted on the road in front of the Secretariat here, and held 'namajapa' protest by chanting Lord hymns near the god's picture.

The outfit's protest, days before the April 23 Lok Sabha polls, rekindles the memories of the agitation, which had seen frenzied protests by devotees across the state and the alleged police action against them.

The in will be held in a single phase on April 23.

Addressing the gathering, Swami Chidanandapuri of the Kolathur Adavaitha Ashram here urged community not to forget the "barbaric acts" of the police against the devotees during the Sabarimala protests.

"The Karma will continue to raise the Sabarimala issue. It will not be a violation of the model code of conduct as the outfit is neither a political party nor a political movement," Chidanandapuri, who is also the chief patron of the Samithi, said.

The seer said the left government had no moral right to continue in the office in the wake of the action taken against the devotees.

K P Sasikala, who was arrested during the protests, said the outfit would extend support to those who had stood by them and the devotees during the stir.

Hitting at the for allegedly registering "false cases" against the activists and devotees, former DGP T P said the police should act in accordance with the Indian Penal Code and CrPC (Code of Criminal Procedure).

"They should implement the rule of law and not the law of Don't try to scare anyone by registering false cases," Senkumar, of Sabarimala Action Council, said.

Sources in the ruling LDF here said the party would petition the against the staged by the right-wing outfit.

last year had for days witnessed a series of violent protests by various groups of devotees and Hindu outfits demanding that the sanctity of the temple rituals be protected.

On September 28 last year, a five-judge bench had lifted the ban on the entry of women of menstrual age into the shrine.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, April 13 2019. 16:00 IST
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