Protest leads to traffic disruption at Vyttila

Stir against verdict permitting entry of women into temple

October 03, 2018 12:15 am | Updated 12:15 am IST - Kochi

On the warpath:  Members of Sabarimala Samrakshana Samiti staging a sit-in at Vyttila Junction on Tuesday morning.

On the warpath: Members of Sabarimala Samrakshana Samiti staging a sit-in at Vyttila Junction on Tuesday morning.

The Edappally-Aroor NH Bypass, one of the busiest stretches in the State, witnessed traffic disruptions at Vyttila Junction on Tuesday following a protest march taken out by various Hindu organisations against the Sabarimala verdict.

The protest, organised by the Antar Rashtriya Hindu Parishad (AHP) jointly with the Sabarimala Protection Committee, began around 11.15 a.m. with a march from the Shiva Subramanya Temple near here and concluded at Vyttila Junction where the protesters sat on the road.

Following this, the police intervened and took about 20 persons into custody who were later released on station bails.

Cases have been registered against the protesters under sections 143, 147,188,283 and 149 of the IPC for unlawful assembly and rioting.

Over a thousand people, including women, were part of the protest which lasted for about 40 minutes.

According to the organisers, the city will witness various forms of protest in the coming days against the apex court’s verdict permitting the entry of women into Sabarimala temple.

A five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court, in a majority judgment, had on Friday upheld the right of women of all ages to worship in places of their choice.

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