Prohibitory orders clamped to thwart unrest at Sabarimala shrine

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Thiruvananthapuram:  Prohibitory orders under section 144 have been clamped in and around Sabarimala shrine ahead of its reopening Friday. The towns where the prohibitory orders have been imposed are Nilakkal, Pamba, and Sannidhanman.

The imposition of the prohibitory orders will not allow assembly of more than four people at a place, authorities said. The district administration apprehends that fresh protests against entry of women into the shrine might occur as it is set to open today for the two-month-long annual Mandala Makaravilakku festival.

Kerala CM Pinayri Vijayan had called for the all-party meeting on 15 November to reach a consensus on Sabarimala row, but, the opposition parties in the state, Congress and the BJP, walked out of the meet.

The apex court on 28 September had quashed the entry of menstruating women into the shrine. The shrine is opening for the third time after the court lifted restrictions on the entry. Over 3,505 protesters have been arrested and around 529 cases registered in connection with the row.

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