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Probe into happenings at Sabarimala sought

Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader and Sabarimala Karma Samithi convenor S.J.R. Kumar on Tuesday demanded a judicial inquiry into the happenings at Nilackal and Pampa during the days the Sabarimala temple opened for pooja recently.

Arguing that the developments had been engineered by the State and the police, he said that the government chose to enforce prohibitory orders to quell protests. Condemning the women who chose to climb up the hill for darshan at Sabarimala, he said the government and the police had conspired to foment unrest over the issue of entry of women to the temple. Even if the Supreme Court ruled to that effect, it had not asked the State to implement it.

Mr. Kumar said while the samithi members exercised restraint, some elements had infiltrated into groups of protesters to create tension.

Meanwhile, BJP State general secretary M.T. Ramesh on Tuesday said that the stance of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on the Sabarimala issue was tantamount to adding fuel to fire. He warned of strong action if the police continued with their action when the hill shrine opened for the annual Vrischika Pooja next month.

The Chief Minister was wrong in asserting that the temple and the tantri were under the authority of the Devaswom Board. The ownership and wealth of the temple are vested with the deity, not the Board, he said.

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