Kochi: Bhumatha Brigade leader Trupti Desai and team reached Kerala for visiting Sabarimala. Trupti and team who reached Nedumbassery airport on Friday 5 am, couldn’t go out of the terminal building due to protests. Trupti Desai is held up inside the airport for almost 4 hours.
A large number of people gathered outside the airport under BJP staging protests by chanting mantras. Trupti couldn’t get vehicle to reach Kottayam. The taxi drivers in the airport were reluctant to take Trupti to Kottayam. The taxi drivers were scared of the protestors.
Trupti and team reached Nedumbassery via Indigo flight from Pune. Trupti has said that she will return only after entering the shrine. She has informed that she is ready to cooperate with police and stay at a place recommended by them. Though the police have requested the protestors to allow Trupti to move to a nearby hotel, they aren’t willing. The protestors said that Trupti must return to her place and must not go out of the airport. Police have tightened security outside the airport.
Police in large numbers have reached the airport to control the situation. Police officers held discussions with Desai and protesters but both sides stick to their stand.
Talking to media over phone, Desai said she would not go back to Maharashtra without a darshan at the Lord Ayyappa temple.
Trupti had sent letters to the chief minister and police seeking special security for visiting Sabarimala. But, the police had informed that they will not arrange special security. Trupti had become popular with the protests for allowing women entry to Ahmednagar Shani Shingnapur Temple and Haji Ali Dargah in Mumbai. She had requested that the state government must take up the cost of her journey from Kochi to Mumbai.
"We will not return to Maharashtra without darshan at the Sabarimala temple.We have faith in the government that it will provide security for us," she had said
"It is the responsibility of the state government and the police to provide protection and take us to the temple as the Supreme Court has allowed women of all ages to offer prayers at the shrine," she added.