3,345 protesters arrested in Sabarimala issue

Vastavam web: Over 3,345 protesters who prevented women from entering the Sabarimala temple, have been arrested while 517 cases have been registered at various police stations across Kerala, authorities said on Sunday. On Sunday morning, Sabarimala tantri family member and activist Rahul Eashwar was arrested in Kochi taking the total number of arrests since October 26 to 3,346.

Meanwhile in the last 12 hours, over 500 arrests was recorded at police stations in Pathanamthitta district where the Lord Ayyappa shrine is located as well as Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode and Ernakulam. However, Kerala Police chief Loknath Behra has directed that no arrest should be made of those people who protested by taking part in singing hymns and prayers.

Defending the arrests, state Communist Party of India Marxist (CPI-M) Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan on Sunday told the media that this wasnormal police action when the rule of law is breached.