Sabarimala temple to open for a day on November 5

Taking no chances: The police said they would deploy roughly 700 personnel for Sabarimala duty.

Taking no chances: The police said they would deploy roughly 700 personnel for Sabarimala duty.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Tight security in place from Friday for Nov 5 puja

From November 2, the State police will bring Sabarimala and adjoining areas under a tight security cover. The Ayyappa temple is due to open on November 5 for a single day’s puja. Priests will conduct special rites to honour Sree Chithira Tirunal, the ruler of erstwhile Travancore, on his birth anniversary.

A senior official said the police were determined to prevent a repeat of the violent incidents that marred the opening of the temple on October 17.

As of Monday, the police have registered 529 cases and arrested 3,305 persons for the violence. An estimated 122 ‘Save Sabarimala’ activists suspected to be responsible for attacks on women pilgrims, journalists, vandalism and destruction of public property were remanded in judicial custody.

The police would impose prohibitory orders in the locality.

700 officers

The police said they would deploy roughly 700 officers for Sabarimala duty. Armed police battalions, including companies of armed women officers, would bivouac at the Pathanamthitta district headquarters.

The police and wildlife enforcers would work in tandem to ensure that no miscreant enters Sabarimala through the forest route from Erumely.

Along with right-wing groups, the police would also deter atheist and Left groups from attempting to use the temple opening as a propaganda platform for their ideologies.

A senior officer said the police reserved the right to stop anybody they thought was not a genuine pilgrim from proceeding to the temple. He said the police were not anticipating huge crowds on November 5. “But we are not ruling out troublemakers”.

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