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Sabarimala showdown: Live updates



7:14 IST

Kerala: Devotees climb the sacred Pathinettam Padi to enter the Sabarimala Temple to offer prayers.

6:56 IST

Ministry of Home Affairs has taken cognisance of the incidents of violence that took place in Kerala today: Sources

6:51 IST

Kerala: Section 144 (prohibits assembly of more than 4 people in an area) has been imposed in Pampa, Nilakkal, Sannidhanam and Elavungal.

6:50 IST

Kerala: Police personnel vandalise vehicles parked in Pampa. Incidents of violence had broken out today in parts of the state over the entry of women of all age groups in Sabarimala Temple.

6:20 IST

10 KSRTC buses were damaged. Devotees from other states were beaten up & sent back. RSS-BJP is behind all of this. Supreme Court rule applies to all, the govt is just following & implementing it: EP Jayarajan, Kerala minister on incidents of violence today.

6:10 IST

RSS criminals hid in forests and attacked the Ayappa devotees. 10 media personnel, 5 devotees and 15 policemen were attacked: Kerala minister EP Jayarajan on incidents of violence today

5:58 IST

Kerala: ANI reporter Karam Ingerlose was slapped by protesters, his phone was snatched and broken into pieces by them when he was shooting a video in Erumely. The protesters asked him to apologise for shooting the video & let him go only after he apologised.

5:19 IST

Congress is not attacking anybody and definitely attack on journalists is not tolerable. Those who are protesting there, are BJP and RSS people. Nowhere Congress people are engaged in this kind of hooliganism or vandalism: Ramesh Chennithala, Congress

4:47 IST

Kerala: ANI reporter Ayushmaan Kumar was attacked by protesters at Nilakkal base camp when he was taking the pictures of women checking the buses for women devotees. Police was also present at the spot when the attack took place.

4:41 IST

It is incumbent on the govt to create a secure environment for journalists to report from Pamba&nearby areas on an issue that is of interest & concern to the public. Government must immediately the ensure safety of journalists & assure media that lives of reporters are not in danger: NWMI

4:39 IST

NWMI vehemently denounces attacks on journalists, including several women journalists, at Nilakkal/Sabarimala. We demand that CM&govt of Kerala take immediate action against agitators who let violent assailants loose on journalists: Network of Women in Media, India

4:38 IST

LDF govt is fully responsible for any law & order situation in the state. It’s a very unfortunate situation, we aren’t responsible. No BJP worker is involved, we’re condemning that attempt: MS Kumar, BJP on incidents of violence at Nilakkal base camp.

4:23 IST

India Today journalist Mausami Singh and its crew in a police vehicle. They were attacked by the protesters at Nilakkal base camp.

4:22 IST

Activist Rahul Easwar has been arrested by from Nilakkal base camp&a non-bailable FIR has been registered against him. He is kept at Pamba police station.Easwar says to ANI ‘I didn’t hit any woman there. I was moving to the other direction. It’s a vendetta against me.’

4:21 IST

Police lathi-charge and pelt stones at the protesters gathered at Nilakkal base camp, in Kerala.

3:10 IST

Activist Rahul Easwar, who has been vocal about his support to ‘Save the Sabarimala’ campaign has been detained by the Kerala Police.

3:09 IST

EP Jayarajan, Minister for Industries and Sports in the Pinarayi Vijayan cabinet, told media persons that there a deliberate effort being made to disrupt law and order; and that “these attacks on journalists are being carried out because of that”.
“The Kerala government will not stand by this and will take action”, he assured.

3:06 IST

Kerala: Protesters block and attack a woman journalist’s car in Pathanamthitta Sabarimala Temple

2:23 IST

Congress MLA and Leader of opposition Ramesh Chennatanni has condemned the violence and has accused the BJP and the RSS for causing the violence and the mismanagement of the LDF government in Kerala to contain the situation.

2:16 IST

– Congress, BJP hold sit-ins, hunger strikes at Pamba, Nilakkal

– Travancore Devaswom Board’s bid to bring consensus among tantri, Pandalam Palace and government fails again

– No one would be allowed to block pilgrims, said Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran

2:00 IST

RSS&BJP is taking double standards. On one hand,5 advocates associated with BJP gave petition in SC over the entry of women of all ages in Sabarimala temple, on the other hand, BJP is leading the fight against the verdict. Now BJP trying to make it as a law&order issue: VS Sunil, Kerala Minister

1:42 IST

Kerala: Total 30 people have been arrested in Pamba, 9 yesterday and 21 today, in connection with protests against the entry of women in age group 10-50 to Sabarimala temple. Two of them got bail.

1:41 IST

Director General of Police (DGP) Loknanth Behera has warned that people who blocked the vehicles carrying Ayyappa devotees would be arrested and booked.

1:32 IST

Kerala: Woman devotee Madhavi with her children returning mid-day from her journey to Sabarimala Temple after facing protests. Police are also present.

12:56 IST

Kerela: Congress party leaders hold a peaceful protest in Nilakkal against the entry of women in the age group of 10-50 to Sabarimala Temple

12:27 IST

Multiple reports have emerged of journalists being attacked by protesters near the base camps.

12:22 IST

Nilakkal: A woman Madhavi on her way to Sabarimala temple returned mid-way along with her relatives after facing protests.

12:21 IST

Protests over women of menstruating age entering the Sabarimala temple intensified overnight at Kerala’s Nilakkal, the main gateway to the shrine.

12:08 IST

Ex-Travancore Devaswom Board President, Wife of Tantri Taken Into Custody | The former Travancore Devaswom Board president and the wife of Kandararu Maheshwararu Tantri were taken into police custody at Pamba for protesting against the Supreme Court verdict allowing women entry into the shrine.

11:52 IST

Devaswom minister Kadakampally Surendran in a Facebook post said no one will be allowed to block pilgrims from worshipping Lord Ayyappa. “None would be allowed to disrupt peace,” he said, adding that he has reached Sabarimala to facilitate women’s entry.

11:50 IST

Sabarimala Achara Samrakshana Samiti claimed access for the general public to the Sabarimala Temple started only in the beginning of the 20th century and earlier only royals and priests used to trek once in a year during Mandala-Makaravilakku season

11:48 IST

Pamba: Police detain people protesting against the entry of women in the age group of 10-50 women to Kerala’s Sabarimala temple

11:44 IST

Sabarimala temple row: If faith is above Constitution and law, why not have temple in Ayodhya, asks Kerala CM

11:29 IST

Just In: Andhra women en route to Sabarimala temple have abandoned their pilgrimage. They are returning without visiting the temple. Protesters cheering the decision.

11:15 IST

Women protest in Nilakkal against the entry of women in the age group of 10-50 to Sabarimala temple

10:21 IST

Kerala: Protests being held near Pamba base camp against the entry of women in the age group 10-50 to Sabarimala temple

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