Complete shutdown in Kerala ; Buses stopped, BJP worker killed, SC refuses to hear the case

Widespread violence was reported across Kerala as a shutdown began on Thursday, day after two women under the age of 50 managed to enter the Sabarimala temple.

The BJP had called for a two-day protest against the women’s entry in the Sabarimala temple under police protection.

On Wednesday, angry protestors blocked roads in many parts of the state. Police caned protestors in Kasargode, Palakkad, Kollam and many other places. A group of women jumped a barricade and came close to the CM’s office in the state capital, but were overpowered.

SC declines urgent hearing on Sabarimala
The Supreme Court declined urgent hearing on Sabarimala and said that it will take up the case on the scheduled date, that is, January 22 itself.

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Widespread violence reported across Kerala; 57 buses destroyed
57 buses have been destroyed. Many CPM and BJP offices attacked. Widespread violence reported from many areas of the state.

Police arrest two in connection with activist’s death
A native of Pandalam Chandran Unnithan (55) died in stone pelting. BJP said CPM workers were behind the attack. Police arrested two in connection with the death.