Pathanamthitta: Police urges to impose Section 144 in Sabarimala ahead of the opening of the shrine. The doors of the holy shrine will be opened tomorrow for Kumbha masa poojas. Police demands prohibitory orders from tonight until 17th night.
Section 144 was imposed in Sabarimala and premises during Mandala Makara vilakku poojas. The imposed areas were Sannidhanam,Pampa,Nilakkal and Ilavungal.
Police had arrested hundreds of devotees who chanted sarana mantras during those days, charging violation of Section 144. Lot of the then arrested are still in jail. Leaders including BJP State General Secretary K Surendran and Hindu Aikyavedi State President K P Sasikala too were arrested then.