Friday 28 December 2018 2:04 AM UTC
SABARIMALA: National Investigation Agency (NIA) has decided to intensify the investigation regarding the connection between ‘manithi’ group members and urban maoists. NIA is planning to arrest the ‘manithi’ group members if they attempt to visit the temple again.
A group of 11 women of menstruating age Sunday made an unsuccessful bid to offer prayers at the Lord Ayyappa shrine as they were forced to return by protesting devotees.
Accompanied by police personnel, the members of Chennai-based women empowerment outfit ‘Manithi’ could barely move 100 metres through the traditional forest path towards the temple when hundreds of devotees rushed down to the valley to chase them away.
The women and the police had to virtually run from the scene to the safety of a nearby guardroom, abandoning the trekking plan.
Defying prohibitory orders, hundreds of devotees thronged the forest path here blocking the way of the women, who reached in the early hours from Chennai.
Police tried to remove the protesters by force as they were not ready to budge despite their repeated announcements to disperse leading to the arrest of some of the protesting devotees.
NIA was made in charge of the case following this.
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