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Perpetrators of Sabarimala violence won’t be spared, Kerala CM assures governor

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has briefed Governor P Sathasivam on the incidents of violence in the state following the entry of two women, in their 40s, into the Sabarimala temple on January 2.

The CM has assured the governor that stringent action would be taken against perpetrators of violence, irrespective of their party affiliations.

The governor had on January 3 sought an ‘urgent report’ from CM Pinarayi on the disturbances during the 12-hour statewide shutdown called by Sabarimala Karma Samiti that was supported by the BJP.

Earlier, Sathasivam had apprised Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh of the law and order situation in Kerala.

“The chief minister described the nature of the agitation and the action taken to curb the violent protests in different parts of the State,” a release from Raj Bhavan said Thursday.

Sabarimala Kanakadurga (44) and Bindu (42) offered prayers at Lord Ayyappa Temple on Wednesday. He has assured the governor that stringent action would be initiated against those involved in the violent incidents, irrespective of party affiliation, it added.

Violence involving BJP-RSS and ruling CPI(M) rocked parts of Kerala, particularly Kannur district, during the January 3 hartal with several houses and shops of rival leaders and workers being attacked over the Sabarimala issue.

Kanakadurga (44) and Bindu (42) offered prayers at the shrine on January 2, three months after the Supreme Court lifted the ban on women in the age group of 10-50 at the temple.

The state witnessed widespread protests and violence after the two women entered the Sabarimala temple. Following this, tantri Kandararu Rajeevaru closed the sanctum sanctorum to perform the ‘purification’ ceremony.

According to the police, 1,137 cases were registered in connection with the violent incidents since the January 3 hartal. Out of the 10,024 accused identified, 9,193 were part of Sangh Parivar outfits.


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