Sabarimala
The BJP leader was arrested on November 17 and kept in remand for 20 days.
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Massive crowds gathered and chants of 'Welcome, welcome our leader' rang outside the Poojapura Central Jail in Thiruvananthapuram to welcome Kerala BJP General Secretary K Surendran as he walked out of prison on Saturday.

Surendran was granted a conditional bail by the Kerala High Court on Friday, after he spent more than 20 days behind bars. Several prominent leaders of the BJP including State President PS Sreedharan Pillai stood outside the central prison and welcomed Surendran as stepped out of the prison.

Speaking to the media outside Poojapura, Surendran said that he will continue Namajapa protests and peaceful demonstrations against violation of traditions in Sabarimala.

K Surendran with BJP State President Adv PS Sreedharan Pillai 

“I will continue to participate in protests against violation of traditions at Sabarimala through Namajapa protests and peaceful demonstrations. As a member of the BJP, I will participate in any democratic protest events that the party decided to organise,” Surendran told media persons on Saturday.

The High Court on Friday finally granted a conditional bail to Surendran in the case of a plot to attack a 52-year-old woman at Sabarimala on November 6. He was booked for conspiracy in an attempt to commit culpable homicide (Section 308) and use of criminal force to outage the modesty of a woman (section 354) of the IPC.

The conditional bail prohibits him from entering Pathanamthitta district, where Sabarimala is situated, for 2 months. He was also asked to execute a bond of Rs 2 lakhs, surrender his passport and ensure that he does not commit similar offences.

Surendran was denied bail twice earlier. Once by a court in Ranni, Pathanamthitta, on November 24 and later by the Pathanamthitta Principal Sessions Court on December 1.

Surendran with senior BJP leader AN Radhakrishnan

On November 17, Surendran was arrested from Nilakkal under preventive detention, after he was accused of obstructive a public officer from discharging his dutiesx Ever since then, he had been held in judicial custody.

While in judicial custody, it was found that he was accused and had production warrants pending against him in several cases which included the the November 6 case to assault a woman devotee at Sabarimala. The police cited several cases against him, which his lawyer and other BJP supporters have claimed are false accusations made to ensure that he does not leave the prison.