Prohibitory Orders Extended in Sabarimala Till Midnight of Saturday

Thiruvananthapuram: The Pathanamthitta Magistrate Court has extended the prohibitory orders in Sabarimala Temple till the midnight of Saturday, December 22, reported ANI on Wednesday.

The decision has been taken based on the reports by the District Police Chief and Executive magistrates in Pamba and Sannidhanam.

Earlier this week, Ayyappa Dharma Sena leader Rahul Easwar was arrested on Monday, days after a local court revoked his bail in a case related to violent protests at Sabarimala. A team of police personnel took Easwar into custody from a rest house in Palakkad, recorded his arrest and then took him to Ranni in Pathanamthitta for producing him before a court, police said.

The Ayyappa Dharma Sena leader, who spearheaded protests against the implementation of the Supreme Court verdict permitting women of all age groups into the temple, was here to attend a programme, they said.

Soon after the arrest, Easwar told reporters that he had not defied any bail conditions. A court at Ranni in Pathanamthitta district had revoked the bail granted to Easwar on December 15 and directed the police to re-arrest him for defying a bail condition. He was out on bail in the case relating to violence at the Lord Ayyappa shrine when it was opened on October 17.

On Tuesday, a transgender delegation which was stopped from entering Sabarimala temple by police on December 16 was granted permission to offer their prayers at Lord Ayyappa’s shrine after discussions with the chief priest, agency ANI reported.

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