Sabarimala arrests: Don’t play to the gallery, HC warns govt

Kochi: The Kerala high court on Friday came down heavily on the state government on the arrests made in connection with Sabarimala protests. It asked the government not to play to the gallery. The court has also sought explanation from the government in this regard. It was considering a petition filed citing the arrests were unlawful.

The arrests can be made only after confirming their participation in violence. If any innocent person is arrested, big price will have to be paid, the court observed.

The court also urged to probe whether only devotees had reached Sabarimala.

Pathanamthitta natives Suresh Kumar and Anoj Kumar had approached the high court with a petition alleging unlawful arrests were made by police in Sabarimala in connection with the protests against women entry.

The case will be considered again on Monday, October 29 when the government has to furnish the explanation.

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