Thiruvananthapuram: According to Special Branch of Tamil Nadu, the women activists at ‘Maniti Sangam’ is back to create tensions in Kerala by conspiring with Kerala-based media houses to enter Sabarimala. Special Branch has given a report to the DGP of Tamil Nadu regarding the information.
However, the Special Branch has not revealed the name of the two media houses in Kerala who are conspiring with the Maniti Sangam. Reportedly, many prominent leaders of the Maniti Sangam has links with Maoists and the police have been observing their movements.
Their investigations revealed that journalists from two major media houses in Kerala visited the Maniti Sangam leaders and held discussions with the far left group to bring women to Sabarimala this year and create strife in the state.
After the report was submitted by the Special Branch, the journalists are now under police observation.
Last year, eleven women activists belonging to the Maniti Sangam arrived at Sabarimala and tried to enter the holy shrine with the help of police protection. However, the massive protests by the devotees thwarted their attempt and they had to run for safety.
Though, the Maniti Sangam had announced that they would come to Sabarimala this year also, there was no response from the police or any other government agencies. The police is hesitant to give protection to the women as last year because the force came under severe criticism and derision after the police gave them protection from the Tamil Nadu border till Sabarimala, only to end up in failure and embarrassment.
Maniti Sangam leader, Selvi, had declared that she would join women from Kerala to enter Sabarimala on the basis of the Kerala government’s decision to execute the order of Supreme Court. However, she is not confident about the security arrangements of the government.
Earlier, the Sangam had approached the government of Tamil Nadu police with the desire to enter Sabarimala. However, they forwarded the request to the DGP of Kerala. Reports say that Ernakulam based CPI(M) backed activists are behind the operation. Many women feminists will also try to reach Sabarimala this year to get media attention.
Meanwhile, the government, which is reeling under the defeat it got at the Lok Sabha election, is trying to prevent women entry by citing security reasons.