Saroj Pandey urges Kerala CM to end police raj in Sabarimala

Saroj Pandey urges Kerala CM to end police raj in Sabarimala

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Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 3 : BJP National General Secretary Ms Saroj Pandey, MP, on Monday urged Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to end police raj forthwith at Sabarimala.

Inaugurating an indefinite fast by party's State General Secretary AN Radhakrishnan in front of State Secretariat here, Ms Saroj said the party's central leadership was solidly behind the agitation of Ayyappa devotees against violation of human rights, at the hill shrine. She said imposing Section 144 in Sabarimala where pilgrims usually arrive in groups, was not justified and demanded that buses be allowed up to Pampa from the base camp, Nilakkal.

As deputed by BJP National President Amit Shah, a four-member BJP delegation led by Ms Saroj Pandey was here to study the issues related to the arrest of party's State General Secretary K Surendran and the ongoing agitation by the party on Sabarimala issue.

Ms Pandey said the delegation called on K Surendran at Poojappura Central Jail this morning and came to know that a number of false cases had been slapped on him.

A political conspiracy has been hatched against K Surendran by a section of CPI (M) leaders, she alleged. Calling upon the people to further intensify the ongoing agitation and to gather details from devotees who were victims of police highhandedness, she said police were harassing the pilgrims in the name of Prohibitory orders.

Pointing out the need of providing basic amenities to devotees, she demanded more facilities like water, toilets and rest rooms in Nilakkal, Pampa and on the way to Sannidhanam. The team also had a meeting with the representatives of Pandalam Palace, the members of Sabarimala Karma Samiti, and a few members of other agitating organizations.

Later, addressing a press conference here, former Karnataka BJP President Prahlad Joshi, MP, who is the member of the team, alleged that the state government was instigating violence to dampen the spirit of devotees.

He said party workers will stage protests in a widespread manner to expose the Government's clandestine plan against K Surendran. Alleging that K Surendran was denied human rights in police custody, he said the Chief Minister will have sleepless nights in the coming days.

The team met Kerala Governor Justice (Retd) P Sathasivam at Kochi on Sunday and submitted a petition demanding the lifting of Prohibitory orders clamped under section 144 of CrPC in and around Sabarimala.

The other members of the team are Vinod Sonkar and Nalin Kumar Kateel. UNI