Let HC-appointed committee decide on present situation in Sabarimala: Kadakampally

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala High Court-appointed three-member committee will decide the present situation in Sabarimala, said Devaswom minister Kadakampally Surendran here on Sunday. The minister said the court-appointed committee will oversee the present situation. Whatever the committee decides, the state is bound to implement, Kadakampally said.

The minister said the present situation in Sabarimala has not been briefed to the committee. The police or the government have not made their stand clear on the present situation.

As the protests are intensifying, the police are refraining from acting tough on the protesters. It is nearly 3 hours since the women have been held up in Pampa and the talks held by the Manithi outfit with the police too yielded no results.

The Pandalam royal family said there is a conspiracy in the visit by Manithi group. The family suspect the involvement of top police officials behind this. They alleged that it is a move to disrupt the Thank Anki procession. BJP general secretary K Surendran blamed the state government for bringing the outfit from Tamil Nadu.

The court appointed committee has vested them with powers to oversee law and order and other problems faced by pilgrims during the ongoing annual season,

Travancore Devaswom Board (TD) president, A Padmakumar expressed hope that no untoward incident would take place.

Anxiety had loomed large in and around Sabarimala temple for some days as 'Manithi', the outfit, had declared that a group of 50 women, all below the traditionally barred age of 50 years, would visit the shrine Sunday.

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