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Sabarimala protests: BJP leader Surendran gets bail

Press Trust of India  |  Thiruvananthapuram 


Friday granted conditional to BJP K Surendran in a case related to alleged attack on a 52-year old woman pilgrim by frenzied Lord Ayyappa devotees at the on November 6.

Justice V directed Surendran to surrender his passport, not to enter the Pathanamthitta District, in which the is located, till the charge sheet in the case is filed and furnish a bond of Rs two lakh.

During the hearing, the had strongly opposed the relief, saying Surendran, if released on bail, would attempt to incite violence at the hill shrine.

This is the second case related to the Sabarimala protests in which the had been granted

He was initially arrested on November 17 from Nilackal, base camp, while on way to the after he attempted to defy prohibitory orders and refused to go back despite a request from the police.

Surendran was granted bail in the case on November 21 by a court in Pathanamthitta, but remained in prison till date as he was also booked in the case related to the alleged attack on the woman pilgrim.

The woman pilgrim, who had come to the Sannidhanam for the 'choorunu' (rice feeding ceremony) of her grandchild, was blocked and allegedly attacked by angry devotees on November 6, during a special puja, suspecting her to be in the "barred" age group of 10-50.

Sabarimala had witnessed violent protests by a section of devotees against the state government's decision to implement the September 28 order of the Supreme Court, allowing entry of women of all age groups into the shrine.

The BJP has criticised the over the arrest of Surendran.

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

First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 15:35 IST