BJP leader Surendran remanded to custody over Sabarimala row

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Nilackal: General Secretary of Kerala BJP K Surendran was produced before a magistrate on Sunday and remanded to 14 day judicial custody after he was charged with non bailable offences.

Surendran was taken into custody as he defied prohibitory orders and tried to proceed to Sabarimala shrine.

Speaking to reporters, he alleged that he was assaulted by police, not given water, food and medicines. He said he was on the way to temple for offering prayer, but was prevented unlawfully.

Surendran alleged that the arrest was politically motivated and added that the government has resorted to retaliatory tactics.

Protestors had gathered in large numbers in front of the Chittar Police Station last night soon after the BJP leaders and others were brought to the police station.

Reports said the BJP is observing a “protest” day Sunday. Party sources said movement of vehicles will be affected as highways will be blocked.

On Saturday, Kerala had observed a 12 hour hartal against the arrest of Hindu Aikya Vedi president P K Sasikala . The Sabarimala shrine had opened for the two-month long pilgrim season on November 16 amid tight security.

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