Pathanamthitta: The police are interfering in the customary Thiruvabharana procession, carrying holy ornaments to adorn Lord Ayyappa for Makaravilakku festival.
The District police chief has issued an order preventing those who actively took part in protests against the SC order allowing women entry in Sabarimala, will not be allowed to accompany the Thiruvabharana procession.
As per the order, there is a concern that the Panthalam Royal Family members may not be able to take part in the procession as it is customary because they had been taking part in the protests.
The police chief’s order prevents those included in cases related to Sabarimala from taking part in the procession. A copy of the order has been handed over to the Travancore Devaswom Board. Kerala witnessed a large number of protests and hartals against the SC order.
Meanwhile, the police notice has raised concerns among may, including the Panthalam Royal Family as they were part of the protests. Royal family member Raghava Varma, who should accompany the Thiruvabharana procession this time around, was among those who had taken part in the Ayyappa Jyoti, which was organised to safeguard customs.
However, the police said that even during previous years, only those who received clearance certificate from the police were allowed to accompany the Thiruvabharana procession.
The Thiruvabharana procession is held in sections. Up front will be a group carrying the Thiruvabharanam (holy ornaments). It will be followed by the palanquin carrying the Royal family member, then there will be a third section of those accompanying the procession.
According to the police notice, those who actively took part in protests against the SC order allowing women entry in Sabarimala will not be allowed to be a part of this section accompanying the Thiruvabharana procession.
Earlier, following a discussion with the Devaswom board, it was decided to allow those suggested by the Royal family to be a part of the procession. But the new notice is against this.
The police are citing the Royal family’s demand for more security as the reason behind the new restriction.