Leaders of Sabarimala Karma Samithi will be booked for the hartal it called on January 3 over women’s entry into the Sabarimala temple, ordered the Kerala High Court on Friday. It also directed that they pay compensation for the losses incurred during the hartal.
According to the report submitted by state government in High Court, there are about 990 cases registered as part of the hartal called by Sabarimala Karma Samithi on January 3. A loss of about Rs 1 crore has been incurred due to damages caused to private properties and a loss of Rs 38 lakh in damages to public properties during hartal.
The leaders of Sabarimala Karma Samithi include Amrithananda Mayi, former DGP TP Senkumar, retired Justice of Karnataka High Court N Kumar and former Kerala public service commission chairman Dr K S Radhakrishnan, among many others, report several media outlets.
Sabarimala Karma Samithi called for a hartal on January 3 after two women under the age of 50 entered the sanctum sanctorum of the Sabarimala temple on January 2. It was the first time that women under the age of 50 entered the hilltop shrine since the Supreme Court’s historic verdict in September allowing women of all age to visit the shrine.
Lawyer Bindu Ammini and government employee Kanakadurga were the two women to ascend the hilltop shrine. The state witnessed widespread violence following this. According to various media reports, about 79 KSRTC buses were damaged in stone pelting while many were attacked including media personnel and police officials. Protests turned violent in Thiruvananthapuram and Palakkad districts, with the police resorting to tear gas and water cannons.
Violent clashes broke out in many places during the day of hartal, on January 3, with an RSS man allegedly throwing bombs at Nedumangad police station in Thiruvananthapuram . Praveen, who is a RSS District Pracharak was later found to be behind it and was arrested on February 3.