Sabarimala protest: Case under non-bailable charges against man who used chilli spray on Bindu

Kochi: Police have registered a case under non-bailable charges against the man who used chilli spray against Bindu Ammini who came to trek Sabarimala temple on Tuesday. Case was registered against Hindu Helpline Coordinator Sreenath for inflicting physical abuse.

Earlier Sreenath, a Kannur native, was nabbed by police after media aired visuals of the incident and his arrest was recorded. Case was registered against him under IPC 326 B. Meanwhile, those in support of Bindu are demanding to slap other charges including those under Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

According to Bindu’s complaint there were other five identifiable persons in the incident. Police are conducting probe in this regard also.

Police have also registered cases against those protesters who staged Namajapa protest in front of the Kochi Commissioner Office where social activist Trupti and team were housed.

After Trupti arrived in Kochi to visit Sabarimala, protest intensified under the leadership of Sabarimala Karma Samithi in front of the Kochi City Police Commissioner’s Office since morning. The chilli spray was used against Bindu Ammini during this protest.

Police shifted her to the general hospital and took the man into custody following the incident. Bindu Ammini joined the team of Trupti Desai at Nedumbassery airport. Later, they arrived at the Kochi City Police Commissioner’s Office, it was then the Ayyappa Dharma Samithi started protests.

The police officers responded that they were not informed of the arrival of women for Sabarimala darshan. Trupti Desai arrived at Nedumbassery airport with a four-member team at 4.30 in the morning.

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