K Surendran
K Surendran

Sabarimala row: BJP to protest against detention of party leader K Surendran

ANI | Updated: Nov 17, 2018 23:32 IST

Pathanamthitta (Kerala) [India], Nov 17 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will stage a protest on Sunday after party Kerala general secretary K Surendran was not allowed to go towards Sabarimala temple and detained later.
Surendran and his party workers, who were heading to the hill-top shrine of Lord Ayyappa on Saturday, was stopped at Nilakkal and asked to return. He was later taken to the police custody.
Sabarimala temple reopened on Friday for a 62-day long Mandala Pooja-Magaravilaku annual pilgrimage season.
A string of protests was witnessed in Kerala in October when the temple opened for the first time after the Supreme Court passed the order, allowing females of all age group to enter into the shrine. Earlier, the entry of female aged between 10 and 50 years was prohibited into the shrine.
This is the third time that the temple has opened after the apex court lifted restrictions on women entry. So far 3,505 protestors have been arrested and around 529 cases were registered in connection with a series of incidents of violence that erupted in the state over the entry of women into the Lord Ayyappa temple. (ANI)