Police ill-treat Sabarimala pilgrims

Sabarimala: There are complaints that police misbehaved with the pilgrims who camped near Pandithavalam for having Makaravilakku darshan. Malappuram Manjeri native Pradeep alleged that the police put out the fire while the pilgrims were cooking food and also showered abuse on them.

The pilgrims who came from Palakkad and Malappuram districts on foot were subjected to violence. There were women also among the group. The pilgrims are trying to camp in other places as the shelter camps were already removed.

The same group of pilgrims used to arrive at Sabarimala days before the Makaravilakku during previous years too. They camped at the open space near Pandithavalam by Wednesday afternoon.

Soon after the shelter camps were built, a team of policemen led by the sub inspector asked them to remove it. The pilgrims built another shelter camp at a different place as directed by the police. But the policemen led by the SI returned in the evening again and allegedly misbehaved with the group.

Meanwhile, Sannidhanam Special Officer Debeshkumar Behera said that the pilgrims were relocated as it was dangerous to camp near the Darshanam Complex. There will be a probe to verify the complaint about police misbehavior to pilgrims. If the complaint is found to be true, action will be taken against the police.

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