Extend section 144 at Sabarimalai until Jan. 14

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 09:59 GMT, Nov 23, 2018 |

With the prohibitory orders at Sabarimala and neighbouring areas of Nilakkal, Pamba and Elavungal coming to an end on Thursday, the Kerala police has requested Pathanamthitta District Collector to extend Section 144 until January 14,  when the temple closes after the Makaravilakku season. The prohibitory orders were imposed on November 3 following violent protests at Sabarimala over women entry.

In a report submitted to the District Collector, Pathanamthitta SP T Narayanan requested for the prohibitory orders to be in place until January 14, citing security reasons. The Collector will take a decision on the same after considering the reports of the executive magistrate as well as the special officer, according to reports.

Over the past few weeks, several right-wing groups, devotee associations and the BJP have protested against the prohibitory orders in place at Sabarimala. While Hindu Aikya Vedi leader KP Sasikala was taken into preventive custody on Sunday, BJP leader K Surendran was arrested on Sunday, both for defying the prohibitory orders. Since then, more protests have broken out in the state.

Following this, the Kerala High Court, after hearing three different petitions, ordered the government to remove all the restrictions imposed near the temple. At 12 pm on Thursday, these restrictions, including ones on vehicular traffic to Sabarimala were removed. A decision on extending the prohibitory order will, however, be deliberated on by the government soon.

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