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Ayyappa devotee found dead; BJP observes hartal in Pathanamthitta today

Pathanamthitta: The BJP has called for a dawn-to-dusk hartal in Pathanamthitta district on Friday after a Sabarimala pilgrim was found dead at Nilakkal.

Sivadasan, 60, a resident of Sarath Bhavan, Mulambuzha in Pandalam, was found dead in the forest near Kambathumvalavu in Plappally on Thursday. He had left his house for visiting the Sabarimala temple when it was opened for the rituals during the Malayalam month of Thulam.

The hartal, from 6 am to 6 pm, has the support of Hindu Aikyavedi and Sabarimala Karmasamithi. Parumala church pilgrims have been exempted.

The BJP has demanded that the mystery behind the death be cleared.

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