Six people, including three women from Tamil Nadu, who wanted to visit the famed Vavar mosque near the Sabarimala temple, have been arrested on charges of trying to create animosity between religious groups and intention to trespass, police said Tuesday.
The devotees of Lord Ayyappa visit the mosque during the November-January annual pilgrim season.
They do not enter the prayer hall but circumambulate the mosque, make 'kanikka' (offering) and break coconut at the premises as part of traditions.
The outfit had reportedly announced it would send women to the mosque, citing the entry of women into Sabarimala temple.
Police said cases had been registered against the six people for various Indian Penal Code offences, including attempt to promote enmity between different groups on grounds of religion), criminal trespass (as they entered the state with intention to enter the mosque), unlawful assembly and rioting, police said.
A hartal called the next day to protest against the temple entry had seen largescale violence across the state.
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