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Thachankary in soup for tea efforts : Sabarimala

Sabarimala : KSRTC MD Tomin Thachankary faces legal tangle  as Trvancore Devaswom Board(TDB) came out against him for handing over land leased by it, for commercial purpose.

The land in question at Nilakkal, was allotted to KSRTC purely for conducting service in the ongoing Madalam pilgrimage season. Thachankary on 7 Nov invited tender for 150 sq ft plot and found a taker who shelled out Rs 9 lakh, to set up and run a tea shop there.

Thachankary claimed the intent was to provide tea facility to staff there.

With Devaswom now mulling legal proceedings, KSRTC is trying to resolve the situation by returning the advance amount received from the bidder and scrap the deal.


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High Court slams Govt over police action in Sabarimla; Summons IG

Kochi : The Kerala High Court came down heavily on govt today, asking who gave it authority to restrain devotees at Sannidhanam(temple complex). The court asked IG to appear before today itself.

Implementing Supreme Court verdict cannot be used as shield to take devotees captive and prevent pilgrims from staying at Sannidhanam, the bench said.

The Court also directed govt to refrain from interfering with KSRTC bus services to Pampa.

HC asked the govt to submit the list of police officers on duty at Sabarimla and sought clarification on whether the officers were trained to tackle crowds.

Last night police agreed to devotees demand that they be allowed to last at the Sannidhanam till the shrine shuts. However after the closure devotees refused to leave and police  arrested them en masse.


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KP Sasikala back at Sabarimala; Should leave in 6 hours, orders police

Sabarimala : Hindu Aiya Vedi president KP Sasikala has picked up the pilgrimage she was forced to abandon after her much publicised preventive detention by police on Saturday.

The police have however asked her to return in a timeline of 6 hours maximum from the shrine.

According to sources, Sasikala, who is carrying her grandson reportedly for chorunnu ceremony, has agreed to cooperate.

Meanwhile, BJP’s youth wing, Yuva Morcha, has declared to intensify protests further alleging “police high-handedness” referring to police arresting around 65 people for carrying out protests at Sannidhanam(temple complex) despite Sec 144 looming in the area that bans such congregation.

Tension looms large in Sabarimala where like two times after the controversial Supreme Court verdict, protesting devotees come together in thousands to thwart police attempt to ferry young women to the shrine.

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Woman who lured youths into militancy using Facebook, arrested

In a first-of-its-kind case, a woman has been arrested for luring youths via texts and posts , to join militancy in Kashmir.

Shazia from Naidkhai in Sumbal area of Bandipore was nabbed by security agencies after intelligence monitored and confirmed her urging young men to “pick up weapons” and join Jaish-e-Mohammed outfit.

According to officials, the terror activity went beyond virtual media and Shazia has personally delivered ammunition and magazines to at least two youths from Anantnag, one of who has been taken into custody.

A video featuring Shazia had surfaced on Facebook a few months ago alleging she was a police informer. Based on her complaint, two youths were nabbed and let off with a warning.

However in truth, Shazia extracted information from police and other security agencies pretending to be helpful and passed them on to the militants, an officer, privy to the case, said on condition of anonymity.

Shazia is tight-lipped and has not divulged much except for name of militant commanders so far, sources close to the investigation said.

31-year-old Shazia’s arrest comes after a week of 28-year Aysia Jan for attempting to smuggle 20 grendades en route Lawaypora into the city. She was also in possession of ammunition at time of her arrest. Her two brothers were also detained in connection with militancy.


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Hartal could turn indefinite if demands go unheeded: Hindu Aikya Vedi

Ranni : The Hindu Ayika Vedi that paralysed the state after its flash hartal over arrest of its leader KP Sasikala, has warned of extending the strike, if police paid no heed its demands.

Sasikala, has begun hunger-protest at Ranni police station, where she remains in custody after arrest at 2 am at Sabarimla today, demanding that she be left at the place she was whisked away from in ambulance by cops.

Police refuse to yield saying they could release her on bail with condition that, she will not head for the hill, where situation is tense over govt trying to implement the Supreme Court Verdict.

As talks between police at Ranni and cops go poorly over the issue, Aikya Vedi leaders have warned that the hartal could be extended indefinitely if the police did not heed to its demands of devotee rights and peaceful nama japa protest for  temple sanctity.

BJP state president PS Sreedharan Pillai described Sasikala’s arrest as illegal even as  preventive Detention looms large over several leaders of right-wing outfits.



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Rahul withdraws from Nilakkal after being warned of arrest

Pathanamthitta : Ayyappa Dharma Sena president Rahul Easwar removed himself from NIlakkal after police warned him of likely arrest.

The warning stated that leaders of Sangh Parivar who camp at Sabarimala and premises, will be arrested under Preventive Detention Act.

Rahul however told fellow devotees that he will be back on pilgrimage in two days.

Police arrested Hindi Aikya Vedi leader KP Sasikala from Marakkottam this morning amid speculation that, more leaders from right-wing outfits were likely to be detained.

Rahul is presently on bail after bragging about a “Plan B” where devotees inside the temple complex would bleed themselves to force the Sabarimala temple shut, if young women entered it premises.

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BJP extends support for hartal, KSRTC services stopped

Thiruvananthapuram : The dawn-to-dusk hartal Sabarimala Karma Samithi has now become near-total after BJP extended its support. The upgradation has brought state transporter KSRTC at several places of conflict, KSRTC officials that services were possible only under police protection.

Several passengers who boarded buses have been left stranded owing to KSRTC pulling over at points with aggressive party workers flagging them down. Many commuters learnt of the hratal only after commencing their journeys .

As of now, all KSRTC services except those between Erumeli to Pampa have stopped.

Science fests scheduled to be held in various districts have been postponed. Wayanad district school Arts festival has postponed to Sunday. Similarly the Sugama Hindi examinations conducted by Kerala Hindi Prachar Sabha and all classes scheduled by the distance education department of Kerala university have been postponed.

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Flash hartal over arrest of woman Sangh Parivar Sasikala, on pilgrimage to Sabarimala

Sabarimala : The Sabarimala Karma Samithi called for flash hartal from 6 am to 6 pm today, following arrest of senior Sangh Parivar leader and Hindu Aikya Vedi state president KP Sasikala in wee hours of Saturday.

Police intercepted her near Marakkottam at Sabarimala and arrested her after she refused to be persuaded to give up her pilgrimage there.

“I have come for pilgrimage here but police did not let me proceed and arrested me without informing my fellow pilgrims,” Sasikala said while returning with her irumuddikettu(a bundle with auspicious offerings for Lord Ayyappa).

Post the arrest she was taken to Pampa in a forest department ambulance and then via bus to Ranni.

Police claim the incident is only a preventive detention.

Elaborate security arrangements including heavy police deployment has been made at the Sabarimla which opened for the third time on Friday for the two-month-long pilgrimage season, after the controversial Supreme Court verdict.

On its first day of its opening on Friday, Kochi airport witnessed tense standoff between hundreds of protesters and officials there over self-styled activist Trupti Desai’s bid to visit Sabarimala. She was sent home packing by demonstrations that continued to gain heat every passing hour.

The drama prompted the temple’s custodian, the Travancore Devaswom Board, to knock at Supreme Court doors urging more time before the verdict may be implemented by the  state.

The Supreme Court is slated to hear petitions seeking review of its 28 Sept order in Jan and refused to stay it earlier.

Also read : Taste of Kerala, Trupti Desai sent packing

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TV Anchor Durga Menon dies aged 35

Kochi : Television host Durga Menon (35) has died this morning after being supported on ventilator for past 21 days.

The end came at a private hospital in the city after a cardiac arrest on life-support.

Durga suffered from lupus, a chronic autoimmune disorder in which body’s immune system attacks normal, healthy tissues.

She is survived by her husband  Vinod, a businessman and son Gowrinath.

Her body has been taken to her ancestral home in Kodunagllur, where the funeral will be held tomorrow.


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Taste of Kerala : Temple stuntwoman Trupti Desai sent packing

After 13 hours of being stranded at Kochi’s Nedumbassery airport owing to demonstrations there, Trupti Desai, the firebrand feminist with history of going after temple traditions, finally bowed out of the state.

Trupti boarded 9.30 pm Air India flight back to Mumbai.

She was unable to get out of the airport here since her arrival at 4 am today after dozens arrived all through the day at Nedumbassery to stage demonstrations against her Sabarimala pilgrimage plan.

Late in the day as protests swelled, airport functions became affected prompting authorities to contact district collector for intervention.

According to sources, officials at behest of collector communicated with Trupti, who slowly gave up her day-long determination and agreed to return.

Before leaving, Trupti said  she does not fear protesters and  will return for Sabarimala without prior information next time.

Trupti Beaten Up At Most Temples Revolutions
Trupti who seemingly enjoys breaking temple traditions does it by winning court verdicts on the anvil of gender equality. However she has without variance  consistently faced violence at each of her bids.

Trupti was beaten up badly by local women at Mahalaxmi temple
Trupti was beaten up badly by local women at Mahalaxmi temple

Armed with court ruling, on 9 April 2016,  she headed to pull  down the Shani Shingnapur tradition of barring women for prayers. There, she was beaten up black and blue by local women.

The near-paralytic attack despite police escort resulted in hospitalisation later.

Police however said the assault was because she arrived in sleeveless jackets instead of a traditional sari women wear to shrines.

Trupti was stopped from entering sanctum santorum of the Kapaleswar temple in Nasik
Trupti was stopped from entering sanctum santorum of the Kapaleswar temple in Nasik

Later on 14 April 2016, barely hours after Supreme Court verdict allowing such entry, Trupti along with a 50 women, attempted to enter the sanctum sanctorum of Goddess Mahalaxmi temple in Kolhapur.

This time, he attackers who shouted “Don’t let Trupti Desai get out alive” pulled her hair, tore her clothes and abused her. When hospitalised again, she had said “I think the attackers planned to kill me.”

On  26 May of 2016, though she attempted to enter the sanctum sanctorum of Kalpeshwar temple in Maharashtra’s Nasik district, police stopped her following huge protest there.