The Pathanamthitta district collector in Kerala has imposed Section 144 of the CrPC in Sabarimala and attached areas ahead of the ChithiraAvittom Pooja. The hill shrine in Sabarimala will be open for devotees on November 5 and 6. Prohibitory orders will be in place from Saturday midnight till Tuesday at 12 pm.
District collector PB Nooh said, “Section 144 has been imposed to maintain law order in Sabarimala and nearby areas. However, this will not affect regular pilgrimage. It’s only that unlawful assembly by non-devotees will not be allowed. Prohibitory orders will come into action from Saturday midnight at Nilakkal, Elavungal, Pamba, and Sannidhanam.”
In the wake of the violent protest in the last monthly pooja, the state police have also decided to increase deployment of forces in Sabarimala region.
A top cop in charge of the deployment told India Today TV that a total of 1,200 police personnel will be deployed in Sabarimala, Pamba, Nilakkal, and Elavungal. “Devotees and media will be allowed to visit Sabarimala (trekking from Pamba) only on Monday morning. The Supreme Court verdict is very clear and we are bound to implement it.”
On the other hand, state police continue to crack down on protesters in Pamba and Nilakkal. According to the newest information, 3,701 people have been arrested in 543 cases by the police.
When the temple was opened for devotees, at least five women tried to visit the main shrine. However, owing to massive protests at the temple and the police’s inability to provide adequate security, the women could not enter the shrine.