RSS conspiracy to turn Sabarimala into a conflict zone: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan

In an apparent reference to attacks on IGs Manoj Abraham and S Sreejith — who were on duty at Sabarimala — he said attempts were made to isolate and target police officers.

Published: 24th October 2018 08:35 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th October 2018 08:35 AM   |  A+A-

Sabarimala temple

Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa temple. (File | EPS)

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A day after the Sabarimala temple was closed after the monthly pooja, ending week-long tension, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan hit out at the Sangh Parivar for “hatching a conspiracy to turn the hill shrine into a conflict zone”.

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Once again, making it categorically clear the Supreme Court verdict allowing women of all ages to enter Sabarimala will be implemented, he accused the Parivar of a pre-planned move to create trouble. Attacks were unleashed against women who came to the temple. Simultaneously, their houses were attacked. It shows the Parivar protests were part of a pre-planned and deliberate move to create tension, he said. 

“The government respects the sentiments of devotees and their faith. At the same time, it has a constitutional responsibility to implement the apex court verdict. Sabarimala is a place of worship. Hence, peace should be maintained there. The efforts by the Sangh Parivar are to make it a tension zone. The government cannot and will not allow the same,” said Pinarayi while speaking to reporters on Tuesday.
As part of creating an atmosphere of tension, even women who are not in the 10-50 age group were blocked, he said.  

Responding to questions, Pinarayi said the police maintained utmost restraint even when the protesters set up a pandhal. Neither the government nor the police tried to block any devotees. The police action came after the protesters began checking vehicles, blocking devotees and attacking women devotees in addition to attacks on media personnel. 

“The kind of attacks on the media were of a nature unheard in Kerala’s history. They wanted the media to report as per their wish. Otherwise, they will be attacked,” said the CM. 

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The Sangh Parivar protesters had taken law into their hands and unleashed attacks against devotees. He said the Parivar attempted to send protesters under the guise of devotees.

The CM referred to incidents where women officials who came for the review meeting were also checked by some protesters and reportedly by some Devaswom Board employees. It should be viewed seriously and the board should intervene.

Pinarayi also charged the Sangh Parivar and the BJP of trying to create communal divide within the police force. In an apparent reference to attacks on IGs Manoj Abraham and S Sreejith — who were on duty at Sabarimala — he said attempts were made to isolate and target police officers.

CM to meet cops today  

The CM has called a high-level meeting of police officers in the capital on Wednesday to review the steps taken in connection with the women’s entry issue. State police chief Loknath Behera, ADGPs Anil Kanth and Vinod Kumar and the SPs of Pathanamthitta, Idukki and Kottayam will attend the meeting scheduled for 11 am. The meeting will discuss the law and order situation in Sabarimala, the measures adopted and the future course of action on cases registered in connection with the violence.

Government plans restrictions  

In the forthcoming Sabarimala season, the state government is planning major steps to ensure law and order. Enforcing the online system to restrict devotees is expected soon. As a first step, there could be steps to limit the number of devotees reaching the temple at any point of time. Nobody will be allowed to stay in Sannidhanam for more than a certain period. 


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