Sabarimala Temple: Hartal Begins In Kerala, Matter Taken To SC Today

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| January 3 , 2019 , 11:43 IST

Violent protests broke out following hartal across Kerala after the entry of two women below 50 years of age, into the hill shrine on Wednesday.

The hartal, which began at 6 am on Thursday, has been called by Sabarimala Karma Samithi, an umbrella organisation of various pro-Hindutva groups, spearheading protests against the Supreme Court's September 28 verdict, and Antarrashtriya Hindu Parishad (AHP).

The burning issue was mentioned before the Supreme Court today. The petitioners rued the fact that the shrine was closed for purification rituals after the two women entered into it.

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, however, said the court would hear the matter only on the given date, January 22, 2019.

Protests are being held in different parts of the state and the Opposition has slammed the Pinarayi Vijay-led Left front government for the unrest.

As per initial reports, auto-rickshaws and two-wheelers were playing at the railway station in the state capital and various other places.

But in Kozhikode, protestors blocked vehicles and burnt tyres in the morning.

Airlines have advised their passengers to prepare their itinerary cautiously. The airlines that have issued advisories include Air India, Jet Airways, Indigo and Vistara.

In their advisories, all airlines have said that services to various locations in Kerala may be affected due to the protests in many parts of the state.

Five people were arrested in Paravur for allegedly attacking a woman police officer.