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Sabarimala showdown: Live updates

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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


Tremendous efforts made to catch absconding former minister: Bihar DGP




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Patna | Under fire from the Supreme Court over its inability to arrest absconding former minister Manju Verma, the Bihar Police on Friday asserted that it was making tremendous efforts to nab the suspended Janata Dal (United) leader.

The Supreme Court on Monday rapped the state police for failing to arrest Verma in connection with an Arms Act case, which cropped up in course of the CBI probe into the Muzaffarpur shelter home sex scandal. It directed Director General of Police K S Dwivedi to appear before it in person on November 27 if she was not nabbed by then.

In reply to a query, the DGP said Friday attempts were being made to secure her arrest. “We are making tremendous efforts.” Dwivedi said no time-frame could be given for the arrest of any person wanted in a criminal case. “Though we appreciate the concern expressed by the Supreme Court, we hope to trace her very soon.”

The officer said some objection was raised from Verma’s side before a court in Begusarai district when they tried to initiate proceedings for attaching her property. “We are working to get that resolved,” he added. The former minister had last week moved an application before the Begusarai court, through her lawyer, pleading that she not be treated as an absconder as she was not evading arrest, but trying to seek relief as per law.

Verma had stepped down as the minister for social welfare in August, following reports that her husband, Chandrashekhar Verma, had close links with Brajesh Thakur , the prime accused in the Muzaffarpur shelter home sex scandal.

During a raid by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) at her in-laws’ residence in Begusarai, a huge quantity of ammunition was recovered, following which the agency lodged an FIR against the couple. The former ministers’ pleas for anticipatory bail have been rejected by the lower court as well as the Patna High Court. Her husband surrendered before a Begusarai court last month after several weeks of dodging the police.

An embarrassed JD(U), headed by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, said Thursday it had suspended her from the primary membership of the party. Meanwhile, the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Hindustani Awam Morcha have accused the ruling party of shielding the absconding two-time MLA.

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Sabarimala row : Police have asked me to return to Pune: Trupti Desai




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Kochi | Amid over a 12-hour stand-off with devotees and others, including BJP workers, at the airport here vowing not to let her proceed to the Sabarimala shrine, activist Trupti Desai said police have asked her to return to Pune. The development comes even as the doors to the Lord Ayyappa temple opened for the “Mandala Makkaravillakku” puja.

The activist, who reached here around 4.40 am along with six young women en route to the hill temple, has been unable to come out of the airport, with the protesters saying her group would not be allowed to proceed to the Sabarimala temple. Desai said police officers held a meeting with her. “Police have requested me to return to Pune,” she told reporters. Desai said she will announce her decision by 6.30 pm.

Protesting local BJP leaders at the airport said the devotees, including women, would not let Desai and her colleagues to come out of the airport and proceed to Sabarimala temple. They alleged that Desai and her team came here to violate the centuries-old custom of the temple that prevented entry of women and girls in the age group of 10 and 50. Talking to the media over the phone, Desai earlier said she would not go back without darshan at the Lord Ayyappa temple.

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#Watch: “Swamiye Ayyappa” chants echo outside Cochin airport as Trupti Desai waits inside

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The protestors who are conducting a sit-in protest outside the airport warned Trupti Desai that she can only enter the temple “over their bodies”. 


Cochin| The crowd of protesters outside the Cochin airport is swelling since the morning to oppose the activist Trupti Desai from entering Sabarimala. The protestors who are conducting a sit-in protest outside the airport warned Desai that she can only enter the temple “over their bodies”.

On the other hand, Trupti Desai vowed to not go back without the Darshan of Lord Ayyappa at the Sabarimala Temple. However, several Hindu organizations have indicated at statewide protests if she tries to enter the hill shrine.

Currently, Desai along with a group of women activists accompanying her is waiting at the Cochin airport. The stalment has continued since morning. The Kerala police tried to take her out safely through cargo area but it failed as the protesters caught a wind of the move.

Watch: Devotees chant “Swamiye Ayyappa” outside Cochin airport during the protest.


Watch: Activist Trupti Desai waits at the Cochin airport

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