BJP to stage a statewide protest in Kerala condemning the arrest of protesters today.
In a Statewide crackdown that began on Wednesday, the Kerala police have arrested 1,400 people in connection with the violent protests against the entry of young women into the Shabarimala temple earlier this month.
Police have filed 440 cases and issued lookout circular for 210 persons allegedly involved in the protests at Nilackal, Pampa and Shabarimala. Sources said 150 persons had already been identified.
State police chief Loknath Behera told that the arrests were made in the last two days and 440 cases registered in connection with violent incidents following the supreme court verdict allowing women of menstrual age to offer prayers at the hill temple.
Police have also released photographs of over 200 people suspected to have been involved in the protests at Shabarimala to prevent the entry of women of menstrual age into the shrine last week. Special teams would be formed in all districts to identify the suspects whose photographs were released on Wednesday, police sources said.>