Nearly 153 persons were arrested and 50 cases were registered in Pathanamthitta district, where the shrine is located.
One of the intelligence sources revealed the CM’s security has been scaled up to unprecedented levels and plainclothes officers have been deployed in large numbers to thwart any undesirable acts
Officers said 226 persons were arrested from the Kochi City Police limits while the rest were picked up from the jurisdictions under Ernakulam Rural Police.
The 210 people are suspected to have prevented the entry of women of menstrual age into the Lord Ayyappa shrine.
Often, they are made to wait in the queue for more than 10 hours to get darshan
He welcomed the Supreme Court verdict and said people should not hesitate in accepting the verdict. He raised fears that the protest in the name of Sabarimala may bring back the caste system.
Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala has said the UDF will conduct public awareness programmes across the state in connection with the Sabarimala issue.
According to sources, several persons belonging to both sides were injured in the clash, which occurred around 7.30 pm.
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.
The Chief Minister ridiculed the Pandalam royal family for creating a furore over the issue of rights over the hill shrine.
Valiant attempts by around a dozen women, including activists and journalists in the 10-50 years age group to script history came to nought as frenzied Ayyappa devotees forced them to retreat.
Even as streets in Nilackal and Pamba erupted in tumult, thousands of bare-chested Ayyappa devotees waited patiently in the vast concourse outside Sabarimala for its gates to open.