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Trupti Desai reaches Kochi en route to Sabarimala

Bindu Ammini, rights activist, arguing with police outside the City Police Commissioner's Office in Kochi on Tuesday morning.

Bindu Ammini, rights activist, arguing with police outside the City Police Commissioner's Office in Kochi on Tuesday morning.   | Photo Credit: H. Vibhu

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The Bhumata Brigade leader and her group are inside the Commissioner’s office, pressing for police protection to visit the hill temple

Bhumata Brigade leader and Pune-based rights activist Trupti Desai, accompanied by four group members, have reached Kochi en route to Sabarimala on November 26 morning.

They reached the Nedumbassery airport by 5 a.m. and later proceeded to the City Police Commissioner's office in Kochi and would seek police protection to visit Sabarimala. They are waiting at the visiting area of the Kochi Commissionerate office with a demand to meet District Police Chief (Kochi City) Vijay Sakhare. Mr. Sakhare, however, is away at Thiruvananthapuram attending a meeting. “Additional commissioner will shortly meet them at my office and they can place whatever demand they have to him,” he said.

Bindu Ammini, another woman from North Malabar who managed to visit Sabarimala with police protection during the previous pilgrim season, too joined the group extending solidarity with Ms. Desai.

Meanwhile, the Sangh Parivar workers, led by Pratheesh Viswanath, Hindutva activist, too started assembling outside the Commissioner’s office, protesting against Ms. Desai and to check any further move by the activists to proceed to the hill temple.

Ms. Desai said the police should give it in writing that she would not be permitted to proceed to Sabarimala.

(With inputs from M.P. Praveen in Kochi)

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