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Sabarimala violence: 2,061 arrested, crackdown continues

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Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Police have arrested 2,061 people, who took part in demonstrations across Kerala against entry of women in the 10-50 age group into the Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala. State police chief Loknath Behera Thursday said 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.

Kerala Governor P Sathasivam Thursday met Union Home minister Rajnath Singh at New Delhi and apprised him of the law and order situation and the recent events in and around the shrine following the top court verdict.

Addressing an LDF meeting in Kottayam, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan asserted the state government would implement the supreme court order permitting entry of all women into the Lord Ayyappa temple.

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