Thiruvananthapuram28/10/18:: Over 3,345 protesters who prevented women from entering the Sabarimala temple have been arrested since October 26 while 517 cases have been registered at various police stations across Kerala, officials said on Sunday.
Sabarimala tantri family member and activist Rahul Eashwar was arrested here on Sunday morning, taking the total number of arrests 3,346. Eashwar was arrested following a complaint stating that he had made provocative remarks over the issue at a press conference in Kochi last week. He has been taken to Kochi.
Meanwhile, in the last 12 hours, over 500 arrests were recorded at police stations in Pathanamthitta district — where the Lord Ayyappa shrine is located — as well as Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode and Ernakulam. So far only 122 are in remand, while others have been released on bail, according to the police.
However, Kerala Police chief Loknath Behera has directed that no arrest should be made of those people who protested by taking part in singing hymns and prayers.