SP Manju (38), the Kerala Dalit Mahila Federation President, has abandoned her attempt to visit Sabarimala after being denied the special security cordon. Inspector General Sreejith had said the heavy rain in Sabarimala made it very difficult for his team to attempt the trek and this was conveyed to Manju.
Manju, who has allegedly been named in as many as 14 criminal cases decided to head back home a short while later.
Earlier, Manju had met the police officers at the Pampa station and sought protection, saying that she wanted to pay darshan to Lord Ayyappa.
The intelligence department then began verifying her antecedents before senior officers finally decided that they can't throw the special security cordon around her "because of the heavy rain".
Manju hails from Chathnoor in Kollam. She had come dressed in traditional attire and was carrying the irumudi kettu, consisting of coconut, camphor, incense stick, row rice and flowers, according to reports. She had insisted that her visit was as a devotee wanting to have a darshan of Lord Ayyappa and not as an activist.