Kerala hit by violent unrest; 1,800 arrested in Sabarimala violence

Violence and protests continued in many parts of Kerala even on Saturday over the entry of two women in their 40s into the Sabarimala temple. The police have reportedly arrested more than 1800 people.

The state witnesses extreme violence as a worker of the ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist) was stabbed in Iritti in Kannur on Friday night, while party MLA AN Shamseer’s house was attacked who further alleged that the Sangh Parivar was out to vitiate the atmosphere there. Bombs were also thrown at Bharatiya Janata Party MP V Muralidharan’s house in Thalassery. Another bomb blast was reported from Perambra in Kozhikode district, while a CPI (M) worker’s house was attacked.

An RSS office in Kannur was set on fire early on Saturday; 18 persons were taken into preventive custody. More police personnel were deployed in restive area as intelligence warned of more trouble

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With prohibitory orders clamped in many areas as tension mounted, the BJP on Friday announced that the proposed visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday has been “postponed”.

Protesters attacked over 20 offices of CPI(M) and other Left allies, and their clashes with police, have at least injured 31 personnel. At least ten journalists were also attacked and the Kerala Union of Working Journalists decided to boycott the press meets called by the BJP. Journalists also staged a protest march, reports HT.

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Late on Thursday night, a 46-year-old Sri Lankan woman, Sasikala, entered the Sabarimala temple as the third woman to worship Lord Ayyappa, following the Supreme Court’s September 28 verdict lifting the ban of the entry of women of menstruating age into the shrine.

Sasikala claimed her uterus was removed after an operation so she does not come under the category of menstruating women. She entered the temple with her husband ten minutes before it was about to close on Thursday. Police confirmed Sasikala’s visit to the temple as well.