Kerala Police arrests activist Rahul Easwar for making provocative remarks on Sabarimala Temple issue


Activist Rahul Easwar, who had been charged by the Kerala Police for making provocative statements on the Sabarimala temple issue, was arrested on Sunday. Easwaran himself tweeted to inform of the development and even alleged that the police were not allowing him to make any phone calls or take breakfast.

Easwar alleged that the police had first promised him that he would be taken to the Kerala Institute of Medical Sciences hospital but later took him to the central police station near the Kochi High Court instead.

A case was registered against activist Easwar on Friday for allegedly making provocative remarks on the Sabarimala temple entry row, the police said. The case was registered on the basis of a complaint filed by a Thiruvananthapuram native, they said.

He has been charged under IPC Section 153 (Wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot). Easwar, among those who spearheaded the frenzied protests in Sabarimala, had said they had a contingency plan to force the closure of the temple by spilling blood on its premises by some devotees in case any woman in the 'barred' age group managed to reach it.

 Kerala Police arrests activist Rahul Easwar for making provocative remarks on Sabarimala Temple issue

File image of Rahul Easwar. Twitter @RahulEaswar

He had claimed that 20 Lord Ayyappa devotees opposing the entry of women in the age group of 10 and 50 were ready to inflict knife injuries on themselves on the temple premises which would have forced the priests to close the gates on account of impurity.

"Had their blood fallen on the floor of the temple, that would have forced the priests to shut the shrine for three days for purification rituals," Easwar, President of the 'Ayyappa Dharma Sena', had told reporters in Kochi.

Kerala Devaswom Minister Kadakkampally Surendran had claimed Thursday that effective police intervention had foiled the protesters' bid to "desecrate" the Ayyappa Temple by spilling blood in the premises if women devotees in the 10-50 age group offered prayers. He had said the "conspiracy" of the devotees was made
clear by the statement of Ayyappa Dharma Sena president Easwar.

"This was a planned attempt to desecrate the holy temple, but effective police intervention defeated their efforts," Surendran had said.

The minister had said the disclosure showed that there was a well-conceived plan, similar to that followed by nations to attack their enemies and added that this attempt was not only 'seditious,' but also against the interest of devotees. The temple had witnessed high drama with around a dozen women in 10-50 age group being prevented from entering the temple by protesting devotees after the doors were opened for all women following the Supreme Court verdict.

The Kerala High Court had Thursday dismissed a Public Interest Litigation seeking barring of entry of women in the menstrual age group into the Sabarimala hill shrine till additional facilities were set up for them, and said the petitioner can approach the Supreme Court.

On 28 September, a five-judge Constitution bench of the Apex Court, headed by the then Chief Justice Dipak Misra, had lifted the centuries-old ban on the entry of women of menstrual age into the shrine.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Oct 28, 2018 12:03:13 IST