The BJP in Kerala has called for a “protest day” today after a party leader was arrested for trying to reach the Sabarimala temple despite the police stopping him.
Protesters blocked roads and highways in many parts of the state. About 150 BJP workers blocked the centre of the town of Thiruvalla, 90 km from Sabarimala.
Kerala BJP’s general secretary K Surendran was detained last evening at the Nilakkal base camp after he was stopped from heading to the hill-top shrine of Lord Ayyappa. Police blocked him and his party workers and asked them to return. When he refused, he was taken away as a “preventive measure” by the police.
His was later arrested and sent to 14-day judicial custody.
Kerala had observed a 12-hour shutdown yesterday against the arrest of a right-wing leader. KP Sasikala, the state president of Hindu Aikya Vedi, was for trying to create law and order problems, police said.
The Sabarimala temple had opened on Friday for the third time in a month for the two-month long pilgrim season.
Three leaders from the opposition Congress will reach Pamba for checking the facilities provided for Sabarimala devotees.