Two young women abandoned a bid to trek to Sabarimala in the wake of protests early on Wednesday.
This was the second attempt by Reshma Nishant and Shanila Sajeesh who faced namajapa protests at Neelimala, enroute the shrine around 4.30 am.
Police had to forcefully remove them and requested them to abandon the trek as protests mounted. They were later brought to the Pampa camp under tight police protection.
The protest began when five devotees noted the women in a group eight pilgrims and began chanting hymns. They then staged a sit-in protest. Additional police forces rushed to the spot and much later more protestors gathered.
The women insisted on undertaking the trek but police forced them to go back.
Reshma and Shanila had been accosted by a small group of five protestors who were later taken into custody. The two demanded police protection to go to the shrine and one of them claimed she had undertaken penance for 103 days.
More protestors have reached the spot, according to reports.
On January 2, two young women, Bindu and Kanakadurga, trekked successfully and police in plainclothes had helped them have darshan at the shrine. Another woman Manju (36) claimed she entered the shrine last week and put out visuals of her having darshan.