Meanwhile, a case has been registered by the police against the 250 protesters at Cochin airport who are thwarting Trupti Desai’s attempts to leave.

Complaint filed against Trupti Desai and 6 others for attempt to visit Sabarimala
news Sabarimala Friday, November 16, 2018 - 16:42

A complaint has been filed against activist Trupti Desai and six other women of the Bhumata Brigade for ‘hurting’ the religious beliefs of Sabarimala devotees. Submitted by the State President of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, Prakash Babu to the Nedumbassery Station House Officer, the complaint states the Trupti’s visit is a deliberate attempt to challenge the sentiments of a particular religious section.

Meanwhile, the Nedumbassery police has registered a case against 250 protesters outside Cochin International Airport in order to stop Trupti and the women accompanying her from leaving the airport.

BJP Yuva Morcha complaint against Trupti

According to the complaint filed against Trupti, it states that none of the group’s members have worn black or are carrying the irumudikettu — the traditional attire of Sabarimala pilgrims.

“Today, on November 16, since 4.30 am, a woman named Trupti Desai and under her leadership, six other women arrived at Nedumbaserry airport, demanding a darshan at Sabarimala. They have arrived without wearing black or carrying the irumudikettu, which is required per customs of Hindu religion and the Sabarimala temple. They have conspired and arrived at the Nedumbassery airport to challenge and hurt our traditional and faith. Theirs is an attempt to incite communal violence by targeting and hurting the beliefs and traditions of a specific section of the society,” the complaint read.

“Their actions are punishable under IPC sections 295 A (Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage reli­gious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or reli­gious beliefs) and 153 A (promotes or attempts to promote, on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, by words, either spoken or written, or by signs or by visible representations or otherwise). Hence, we request you to take appropriate action against Trupti Desai and her team to confrontation,” according to the complaint.

Case registered against protesters

A suo-moto case has been registered against 250 protesters who are gathered at the airport, in order to stop Trupti and her group from leaving the airport. The case was registered against the protesters in Nedumbassery police station at 11.15 am on Friday.

Cases have been filed against the protesters under IPC sections 142 (unlawful assembly), 147 (rioting), 188 (disobedience to order given by public servant), 506 (criminal intimidation), 341 (wrongful restraint) and 149 (offence commit­ted in prosecution of common object in unlawful assembly).

“Two hundred and fifty people have the case registered against them, once we check the CCTV footage we will get their names and include them. Of the 250, 15 we know already by name,” Aluva Rural SP Rahul R Nair told TNM.

Trupti arrived at the Cochin International Airport at 4.40 am on Friday morning, and has since been unable to leave the airport due to the chanting protesters gathered there. Trupti told TNM that she had tried to book three or four taxis in order to leave the airport, but that they had cancelled their services to her, as they were afraid of being attacked by protesters if they transported her out of the airport.

While, at the time of writing, it has been nearly 12 hours since Trupti has been stranded at the Cochin airport, she has remained adamant in her stance that she will not leave Kerala and go back to Maharashtra without completing darshan at Sabarimala.

(With inputs from Shiba Kurien) 

 

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