Sabarimala Season turns to a battlefield again; Activist Bindu Ammini Attacked with chilli spray
On Tuesday Bindu Ammini, one of the two women activists, who managed to enter the Sabarimala temple last season, was attacked with chilli powder by a Hindu Aikeya Vedi worker in front of the Kochi City Police Commissioner office.
She was attacked when she was reaching Commissioner’s office along with Trupti Desai and six other members of the ‘Bhoomatha Brigade’ seeking police security to trek Sabarimala temple.
Bindu was later shifted to Ernakulam General hospital. Following the incident, hundreds of Sabarimala Karma Samithi workers continued laying in front of the office chanting Saranam Manthra. Hundreds of police team have also been located in the area.
Hearing reports of Trupti Desai’s arrival to Kochi, hundreds of Sabarimala Karma Samithi workers rushed to the Commissioner office by morning itself. Following this, Desai and others have been directed to stay inside the office. When Bindu came out to take a file from the car, she was attacked by a protester. Sreenath, a leader of Hindu Aikeya Vedi, was taken into police custody in connection with the incident.
Trupti Desai, Pune-based activist, who attempted to enter the hill shrine last year but after having reached the Kochi airport early morning she could not proceed further following the hard opposition by Sabarimala Karma Samithi workers.
An officer said that, “The top officials of Kochi City Police are not at office right now. Once they arrive talks will be held with the activists.” However, protests by hundreds of workers in front of the Commissioner office is still underway.
A conspiracy should be suspected behind the visit of activist Trupti Desai to the state, said Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran. The incidents unfolded as per a script, he said. The Sabarimala pilgrim season is going on without any issue. Now there’s a purposeful attempt to create tension.
“She comes from Maharashtra where the BJP has a strong political base. She comes early in the morning to Kochi airport. Only one media is aware of the developments. And one of the activists is attacked with pepper spray in front of the Commissioner office. All these point towards a clear conspiracy,” said the minister.
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