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Friday, 15 November 2019 4.35 PM IST

Women came to visit Sabarimala; Sent back due to protests

reshma-nishanth

SABARIMALA: The police have sent back two women who tried to trek the holy hills due to protest from devotees. Kannur native Reshma Nishanth (30) and Shanila Sajesh (26) was accompanied by seven young men. They reached Neelimala by 4.15 a.m., but was stopped by devotees. The women were adamant that they won’t leave the place without visiting the shrine. The police had to forcefully take them back to Erumeli. However, the women have said that they will return next day itself.

The women were accompanied by ‘Navothana Keralam Sabarimalayilekk’ Whatsapp group admin Sreyams Kanaran, Subhramanian, Sudhan, Midhun, Sajesh, Priyesh and Anoop.

On women’s request, ten police officers escorted them from Pamba. A team of seven chanting Saranam mantras tried to stop them, but was arrested by the police. But a group of devotees from Andhra Pradesh strongly opposed their entry. The women sat down and started protesting. A group of 80 people under the leadership of Sreekrishna Murthi guruswamy-a monk of Kovai Dharmaraja Aras Peet lit camphor and started chanting ‘go back’. There was an air of conflict at the holy hills. Around 6.40 a.m., the women were taken back to Pamba by a group of 40 police officers headed by SP Justin Babu and ASP A. Pradeep Kumar.

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TAGS: RESHMA NISHANTH, SABARIMALA WOMEN ENTRY, SABARIMALA ISSUE, SABARIMALA PROTEST, SABARIMALA PILGRIMAGE, KERALA POLICE
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