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Protests, shutdown in Kerala as Sabarimala opens

Devotees complained of difficulties due to the heavy restrictions at the Sabarimala temple which opened for darshan at 5 am today amid a shutdown call by rightwing outfits over the detention of protesters and a Hindu woman leader.

The Travancore Devasom Board (TDB), which has decided to move the Supreme Court seeking time to implement the order allowing all women’s entry, was also upset with police restrictions. Its president A Padmakumar will meet state police chief Loknath Behra regarding this.

“No one was allowed to stay at the top. Neyabishekam (ritual) was affected. It is undeclared curfew,” said BJP leader K Sudhakaran.