Restriction lifted; Pilgrims can rest at Valiya Nadapanthal
Sabarimala: The police have lifted the restriction for camping at the Valiya Nadapanthal at Sannidhanam. The action was following the High Court order. IG Vijay Sakhare arrived in person and communicated with the pilgrims and directed them to take rest. He told Mathrubhumi News that they will obey the High Court order and that the pilgrims can camp there.
IG also made it clear that nobody will be allowed to sleep at Valiya Nadapanthal. There is no direction allowing pilgrims to take rest in front of the Vavaru Swami temple. The police had not allowed the devotees to camp at Valiya Nadapanthal for the past four days. But with the high court direction, the police changed their stand.
Meanwhile, a huge force has been deployed in the Valiya Nadapanthal in view of the protests likely to be staged. The high court had asked why the devotees are not allowed to camp at the Valiya Nadapanthal.
V. Muraleedharan MP said that he is happy that the restrictions are lifted. The decision is the result of the prayers of Ayyappa devotees and their firm belief. The difficulties of the devotees were brought to the attention of the DGP. He might have intervened in the issue. More pilgrims are expected to arrive at Sabarimala, he told the media.