Kerala police rounds up pilgrims for breach of prohibitory orders, near Sabarimala

pilgrims, it is said, began with the chanting prayers despite prohibitory orders

Police in Kerala have rounded as many as 60 pilgrims for breaching the security zone near Sabarimala’s ‘vavarunada’ area.

The pilgrims, it is said, began with the chanting prayers despite prohibitory orders.

Police for now have gone ahead and detained them.

It need be recalled that due to previous incidents of violence at the hill-top shrine, the police had imposed strict restrictions on the devotees at Sannidhanam.

Sources said that the protesters were staying back near ‘vavarunada’ and chanting prayers, even as there was an imposition of Section 144 that prohibits assembly of more than four people at a spot.

It is noteworthy that hundreds of protesters have been arrested in this first week of the annual two-month-long ‘Mandala-Makaravilakku’ season of Sabarimala, which commenced on November 17.

The shrine has been witnessing frenzied protest over the decision of the state government to implement the September 28 verdict of the Supreme Court allowing women of all ages to enter Sabarimala.

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