Over 1400 detained in Kerala for unleashing violence during Sabarimala protest

National Religion South India

KERALA: Cracking the whip, Kerala police detaining over 1400 people, who took part in demonstrations across Kerala for unleashing violence while protesting against the entry of young women into the Sabarimala temple earlier this month.

“In a major swoop, we detained more 1407 people across the state and registered 258 cases in connection with the violence. We are checking their role with the help of video footage,” said a senior police officer who did not want to be identified.

Kerala Governor P Sathasivam Thursday met Union Home minister Rajnath Singh at New Delhi and apprised him of the law and order situation and the recent events in and around the shrine following the top court verdict. Thiruvananthapuram Range IG Manoj Abraham said non-bailable offences were charged on those who committed severe crimes.

The temple had witnessed high drama recently with around a dozen women in the 10-50 age group being prevented by protesting devotees from entering inside the temple. Police carried out a baton-charge in base camps, Pambha and Nilakkal, when the agitation took a violent turn.

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