Kerala police on Monday detained three women for attempting to enter the Vavar mosque, which is situated close to the Lord Ayyappa shrine in Sabarimala. The women, reportedly belonged to Tamil Nadu based right-wing organization, Hindu Makkal Katchi. In an announcement earlier this week, the three had said that if women could enter the Sabarimala shrine, then they should also be allowed entry inside Vavar mosque.
Varvar mosque is en route to the Sabarimala shrine. A large number of Sabarimala pilgrims also visit the mosque. However, the main prayer hall of the mosque is out of bounds for both male and female Sabarimala pilgrims.
Apart from the women, three men accompanying them and their driver have also been taken into custody by the police. “They wanted to create communal tension. The police knew about their visit to Palakkad and security was tightened at all 7 check posts near the district. The group were finally found and taken into custody at the Vela thavalam check post in Palakkad,” a source told The NewsMinute.
Cases have been registered against the ground under section 153 A of the IPC (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc).
“They (the women) had announced that they will enter Vavaru mosque in retaliation for women entering at Sabarimala. Hence they were arrested in the border while trying to enter the state,” Kozhinjampara police added.