Parts of Kerala remained tensed for three days on January 2,3 and 4 2019, after protest, strikes and violent clashes were reported following to women’s entry in Sabrimala temple.
According to reports, the first protest was staged across Kerala by women body and all other devotees against Devaswom minister on January 2. The protest erupted across state soon after the news of women seek entry into shrine. The temple was closed for hour for purification right after the incident. Also protest were staged for women rights to enter temple in many other parts of state. Road blockades and intense protests were observed in Thiruvananthapuram, Palakkad, Kozhikode and Alappuzha. Violent clashes were reported between scores of people in front of the state parliament in Thiruvananthapuram. Protests with sporadic violence were also reported in several other towns across the state. Stone pelting was reported between CPM and BJP, where some of the protester also pelted stone on police force. While vehicles were vandalized at Mala and Kodungalloor in Thrissur, BJP-RSS-Sabarimala Karma Samithi workers forced owners to shut shop in Kottarakara. Police used tear gas at protesters and baton charged crowd to control the situation. Four people were injured during clashes on January 2.
Further the Sabarimala Karma Samiti observed a dawn-to-dusk strike across Kerala on January 3 from 6 am to 6 pm. BJP workers also staged protest for two days in several parts of state on January 3 and 4. A human chain was formed by women’s as a wall protest. Angry protesters boycotted press meets by the media and also attacked media while trying to cover the violence spread by them during shutdown. Over 20 offices of the ruling CPI(M) and other Left parties were attacked during the protests. Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus services to Kerala following to the shutdown on January 3 and 4. Flight services from Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode airports were affected due to protests at several locations in Kerala. Heavy security was deployed in Pathanamthitta in the view of shutdown. A violence reported between LDF workers, BJP workers and police officers in Palakkad. The incident took place as LDF workers tried to march towards BJP office in Palakkad when the stone pelting started. Police officials used tear gas to disperse the mob and control the situation. Around 80 KSRTC buses destroyed as well as 40 policemen were injured in clashes and violent incidents happened across the state. More than 100 people, including 38 policemen, were injured during the shutdown. 260 people were arrested for spreading violence during shutdown period. Similarly, 334 were arrested as a precautionary measure. Authorities have imposed section 144 in Nedumangad and Valiyamala police station limits of Thiruvananthapuram to avoid any untoward incident.
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