Around 60 pilgrims, who breached the security zone near Sabarimala’s ‘vavarunada’ area and started chanting prayers despite prohibitory orders, have been detained by the police.
Due to previous incidents of violence at the hill-top shrine, the police had imposed strict restrictions on the devotees at Sannidhanam. The protesters were staying back near ‘vavarunada’ and chanting prayers, even as there was an imposition of Section 144 that prohibits assembly of more than four people at a spot, the police said.
The detained protesters are being taken to the Pamba police station, which is around 3.5-km downhill. Hundreds of protesters have been arrested in this first week of the annual two-month-long ‘Mandala-Makaravilakku’ season of Sabarimala, which commenced on November 17.
Earlier, the protesters detained in similar circumstances were arrested, taken to the Maniyar police camp and were sent to judicial custody by the court subsequently.
The shrine has been witnessing frenzied protest over the decision of the state government to implement the September 28 verdict of the Supreme Court allowing women of all ages to enter Sabarimala.