Sabarimala pilgrimage: HC issues directions for crowd management

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Kochi: The Kerala High Court intervened to mitigate the heavy rush of devotees in Sabarimala. While considering the petitions in connection with the Sabarimala pilgrimage, the court directed to let 4,800 pilgrims pass via the 18 holy steps in an hour by considering the crowd density.

The chief police coordinator has been entrusted with the charge of crowd management at Sannidanam. The court also ordered the devaswom board officials to act according to the directions of the district police chief and collector to tackle the rush.

Severe arguments broke out between police and devaswom board during the review meeting held at Sabarimala on Thursday. Though vehicles were stopped from Elavunkal to Laha and the queue extended from Sannidanam to Sabaripeedam, heavy footfall was experienced at Sannidanam. The devasom board accused that the pace at which the pilgrims were let through the holy steps caused the rush. ADGP MR Ajith Kumar asked whether the Travancore devaswom board would take charge of duty at holy steps which he later termed it as a joke.

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