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Sabarimala Temple protests LIVE updates: Mob forces NYT journalist to turn around, pelts Stones in Buses




The authorities have ordered paragraph 144 in Sannidhanam, Pamba, Nilakkal and Ilavunkal, but the prohibition orders are violated as demonstrators under the congregation under the guise of being devotees.

The CNN News18 crew on the Sabarimala protests was mobbed in a cowardly tactic by a mob in the Nilakkal base camp, the main gate to the hill shrine, to intimidate women at 5pm before the temple opened.

Women's journalists from other organizations were also beaten and their vehicles smashed. Most attacks started in the form of "vehicle checks" by demonstrators to ensure that young women are not inside. Chaos and chaos reigned on the road that led from Nilakkal to Pamba on the foothills from where the devotees embarked on the strenuous trek to Sabarimala, when activists from Hindu front groups butchered with the police and left many injured and bleeding.

Angry Kerala's decision by the Left Front Government not to file a revision against the decision of the Supreme Court on September 28, demonstrators protested with stones. The police also reacted with batons, leaving many dead and writhing in pain on the street.

Several demonstrators were bundled in police vehicles while siren ambulances were taken to hospitals. At least ten people from the media, including reporters and photojournalists, were injured and equipment damaged by several of them, said the chief minister EP Jayarajan.

Undeterred by the unfolding violence, Madhavi, a brave Andhra Pradesh woman in her forties, tried to save the hills of Ascending Sabarimala to reach the temple of Lord Ayyappa, however, was forced to return to Pamba, threatened by angry male devotees, PTI reported.

Both Congress, the main opposition party in Kerala, and the BJP, desperate to increase its footprint in the state, have supported agitation against the Supreme Court ruling.

The State Congress Labor President, K Sudhakaran, led his party workers in a protest against Nilakkal to express solidarity with Ayyappa devotees.

An embattled left-front government reacted sharply to the protests, with the state's religious minister, Minister Kadakampally Surendran, calling them "politically motivated."

The situation and preparations for the three-month Mandalam Makaravilakku festival, which began on November 1

7 in Sannidhanam (Sabarimala Temple Complex), said the government would politically address the agitation.

"The BJP-RSS are trying to create tension and destroy the peaceful atmosphere in Kerala for political gain.We know the agenda of RSS and BJP very well," he said, insisting that the government should not confront believers wool.

The BJP rejected the allegation and said the government was responsible for the "collapse" of law

Party leader and Member V Muraleedharan said the government should discard its stubbornness and respect the feelings of the Keralans.

Congressman Ramesh Chennithala Accused Both the Ruling CPI (M) and the BJP RSS Association Violence

Even as the streets in Nilakkal and Pamba erupted in turmoil, thousands of eager Ayyappa devotees waited patiently in the huge Hall before Sabarimala on the gates that could be opened at the appointed hour: 5 pm

Carrying "Irumudikettu" (The sacred bundle containing ghee-filled coconuts that they offer to the deity), they quietly walked past security guards to take their place in the long queue, where they waited for hours for a look at Lord Ayyappa.

Tho The crowd included older women and very young girls, none of whom was seen in the menstrual age.

"So far no girl or woman in the age group of 10 and 50 has visited Sannidhanam (the temple complex)," A senior official of the Travancore Devaswom Board, the bearer of the shrine, told PTI that he should not be named.

The shrine remains open during the Malayalam month Thulam for the 5-day monthly Pooja before it closes October 22

The Pathanamthitta district authority has imposed prohibitory orders under section 144 CrPC, which is the gathering of four or more people in the riot-ridden Pamba and Nilakkal after the violence on Wednesday and a strike by right-wing extremist forces.

The BJP and its NDA partners have supported a 12-hour "valley" called by the Sabarimala Action Council to protest against the police action against supporters. Congress said it would not join the strike but hold protest demonstrations throughout the state on Thursday.


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