CM calls on Guv; discuss issues releated to Sabarimala pilgrimage

CM calls on Guv; discuss issues releated to Sabarimala pilgrimage

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Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 22: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday called on Governor Justice (Retd) P Sathasivam at Raj Bhavan and discussed issues related to Sabarimala pilgrimage.

The Chief Minister's visit comes in the wake of several complaints to the Governor regarding Human Rights violation of devotees coming for the pilgrimage.

There were also complaints that the police had misbehaved on Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan during his visit to the hillock temple. In a memorandum to the Governor, Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala on Wednesday sought his intervention to withdraw Prohibition orders under section 144 of CrPc, imposed at Sabarimala.

Ramesh said the Home Department deployed 16,000 police personnel and created a terror like atmosphere in the world famous pilgrim centre. Pointing out that the police are not allowing the pilgrims to stay at Nadapandal in the night, the Opposition leader said the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB), the administrative body of temples in the State, has no role in the daily functioning of the temple.

Earlier, leaders of Sabarimala Karma Samiti also met the Governor and raised the above issues. They alleged that Ayyappa devotees are being treated as terrorists by the police and the pilgrims are being denied food, water, accommodation and toilet facilities denying human rights.

Meanwhile, a delegation led by Kerala Congress Supremo KM Mani called on the Governor and demanded his immediate intervention to withdraw the prohibitory orders. (UNI)