Thrissur, Mar 21 : In an order to stop the spread of coronavirus, section 144 was imposed on Saturday in and around of the Kodungallor Bhagavathi Temple, while two people were arrested for trying to allegedly restart the rooster sacrifice banned about five decades ago. Collector A Shanawaz said the ban will remain in force till March 29 from Saturday.
The Kodungallor Bharani, considered as the world's largest congregation of oracles, will be celebrated on March 27. Thousands of people from various districts take part in Bharani festival and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has directed the district administration to take necessary steps to avoid crowding at the temple complex. In old days, the temple had the ritual of sacrificing roosters but as this was banned, the ritual was held by covering the "balikkallu" with a red cloth.
Meanwhile, an organisation had put up a poster announcing the restart of the ritual and on Friday, they held a rooster sacrifice when nobody was at the temple. Police arrested two people in connection with the incident. In another incident, two people who were travelling in a KSRTC bus were arrested as they were asked to be under quarantine. They had come from Sharjah to Bengaluru from where they reached Cochin airport on Saturday.
They boarded the bus to Thrissur. As the bus reached Chalakudy, fellow passengers alerted the police. Meanwhile, the medical officers said a total of 6815 are under observation in Thrissur of which only 24 are in hospital and the rest in home. Only four people were admitted to hospital on Saturday. (UNI)