1,400 arrested for unleashing violence during Sabarimala protests

Nearly 153 persons were arrested and 50 cases were registered in Pathanamthitta district, where the shrine is located.

Published: 26th October 2018 09:52 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th October 2018 09:54 AM   |  A+A-

A police officer arrests a person from Ranni, Pathanamthitta, who had protested against the Supreme Court verdict | Express

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: More than 1,400 people were arrested and 440 cases registered across the state for unleashing violence while protesting in and around Sabarimala and elsewhere during the five-day Thulam pooja against the Supreme Court verdict allowing women of all ages entry into the temple.

As many as 301 people were arrested in Ernakulam alone. In Thiruvananthapuram, 236 people were nabbed and 76 remanded. Nearly 153 persons were arrested and 50 cases were registered in Pathanamthitta district, where the shrine is located. Similar action was witnessed in Palakkad, Thrissur and Kottayam districts.

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State Police Chief Loknath Behera said: “We’ll intensify action against those who resorted to violence. More arrests will be made in the coming days. Some of those who attacked the police and mediapersons have already been nabbed. The rest will be apprehended soon,” Behera told Express.

Thiruvananthapuram Range IG Manoj Abraham said non-bailable offences were charged on those who committed severe crimes. “Those who attacked the police and people were charged for non-bailable offence and remanded. Those who blocked roads but didn’t resort to violence were charged under bailable offence,” he said.

Meanwhile, the police are preparing to release fresh lookout notice of assailants after one of the personnel, who was posted in mufti, featured in the earlier notice. The images of assailants, who had attacked mediapersons and police at Pampa and Nilakkal, are expected to be included in the new notice.
“Our action can also send out a warning that tough action would be taken against the offenders,” a senior officer said.

Guv discusses Sabarimala incidents with Rajnath

T’Puram: Governor P Sathasivam discussed the recent developments at Sabarimala with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday. According to a Raj Bhavan statement, the two, during their half-hour meeting, discussed many issues pertaining to the state, including the law-and-order situation and recent events in and around the Sabarimala temple following the Supreme Court order on women’s entry. Governor had summoned state police chief Loknath Behera on October 19 when the shrine witnessed tension during five-day Thulam pooja.


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  • citra

    next time wear a cloth over your face.
    3 years ago reply
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