* The two women who reached the entrance to the Sabarimala Temple return and are escorted by the police according to IG S Sreejith.
* The IG said the two women, a journalist and a follower, expressed their willingness to return.
* This comes after the priests joined the protest on Friday while chanting Ayyappa Mantra and asking the two women to return. Sabarimala leader Kandararu Rajeevaru had said he would close the temple and give the keys to the Devaswom board if the women went up the 1
* A reporter from Hyderabad and another follower started the trek to Sabarimala on Friday. The police had thrown a huge safety ring around them. The journalist had asked for safety to go to Sabarimala Sannidhanam to fulfill her professional duty.
* On Thursday, a New Delhi-based reporter from a foreign media company had a failed offer to visit the shrine. The woman was rejected by the demonstrators, despite a police cordon and prohibition orders.
* Previously, a female follower from Andhra Pradesh who was attempting the hike was forced to return in a similar manner after being intimidated by angry protesters.
* After the demonstrators continued to disobey the Apex Court order, the government imposed a curfew on Thursday in Illavungal and Sannidanam areas, which will remain in effect until Friday.
* Pathanamthitta's local government imposed prohibitions under Section 144 for two days, but protesters in twos and threes, dressed in traditional black pilgrims, carrying irumudikettu (offerings for the deity Ayyappa) on their heads caused several Places trouble on Thursday.
* On Tuesday, demonstrators stopped and checked vehicles, including buses operated by the state, and forcibly returned female passengers in the age group of 10-50 years.
* The 12-hour halo called by Hindu organizations under the Karmaseva Samithi banner slowed the pilgrim's progress on Thursday. State buses, which use the majority of pilgrims, were on Thursday at noon in operation, after buses were attacked the day before and damaged. Taxis stayed away from the streets and feared attacks.
* In Nilackal, members of the Bharatiya Yuva Morcha injured prohibition orders and marched. They were arrested on Thursday afternoon.
* Buses were damaged in Kuttippuram, Chamravattom and Kalachal. A bus driver was injured. Two policemen were also injured in violence near Tanur.
* The Sabarimla High Priest, Kandaru Rajeevaru, appealed Thursday to women belonging to the 10-50 age group who were restricted by the centuries-old traditions of the shrine from coming to Sannidhanam and causing problems.
* The state government has stated that it is obliged to implement the order of the Supreme Court.
* The LDF government also accused the BJP, RSS and Congress of pleasing each other on the Sabarimala issue of "double talk" and playing "dirty games".
* RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said on Thursday that the Supreme Court's ruling did not take into account the nature and premise of the tradition accepted by society and led to "cleavage" in society.
* On September 28, a Supreme Court Constitutional Court of five judges, led by then Chief Justice Dipak Misra, overturned the centuries-old ban on the entry of women of menses into the shrine.
(with agency input)