Kochi: Police arrogance in Sabarimala, K Surendran arrested for no reason | Kochi News


NILACKAL / SABARIMALA: The hurriedly called hartal from dawn to dusk to protest the Hindu Aikyavedi leader KP Sasikala's midnight arrest was barely over before the state government allowed the police to react again spontaneous Surendran in preventive custody in Nilackal when he was on his way to offer the darshan in Sabarimala.

Surendran and three others arrived in Nilackal around 7 pm, ready to board a KSRTC bus that would take them to Pamba and Sannidhanam. A police team led by SP Yatish Chandra blocked the way and said they should come back Sunday morning. Surendran and the three men had burst kettu (sacred offerings) and pre-scheduled passes for the darshan. They were also willing to undergo safety tests. But the police informed him that due to the tense situation prevailing in Sabarimala, he would have to return or have to arrest him.

"It's my fundamental right. I will go if you open fire, "Surendran told police. A fight followed, and the police forced Surendran and the others into a police vehicle and took them to the police station in Chittaar, some 50 kilometers away from Sabarimala.

Together with Surendran, BJP Thrissur district president A Nagesh and two other BJP activists were also arrested by police. Chittar police registered a FIR against K Surendran, accusing CRPC 151 and IPC 353. While CRPC 151 deals with "pre-trial detention" for protecting law and order, IPC 353 seeks to use criminal force to deter server to fulfill his duty. Since 353 is a non-danceable section, the court may order Surendran to judicial custody.

Prisons prompted the BJP to call for a "protest day" on Sunday. As part of the protest, BJP workers would block vehicles on all state highways. "Now the situation in Sabarimala has become dangerous. The seriousness of the matter was communicated to the Union Minister of the Interior, Rajnath Singh, "said BJP State President P Sreedharan Pillai.

Following the arrests, BJP workers organized protest marches in various parts of the state. The march to the government office in the state capital was dispersed by police using water cannons. Late in the evening, the devotees began the Namajapa protest in front of the Chittar police station, where Surendran is being housed.


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