Devotees Flow To Sabarimala; Police Unable To Control The Crowd

To control the flow of devotees towards Sabarimala, the police continued to monitor the situation. Even after the closure at 11 p.m. on Friday night, a significant influx of devotees was experienced. Due to the uncontrolled crowd, certain activities were suspended. The police took various measures in different parts of the pilgrimage site to maintain order, including setting up barricades and guiding pilgrims to the downhill path.

As the crowd at the temple increased, from 10 p.m. on Friday night, KSRTC buses were stopped at Pamba and Nilakkal. Vehicle movements are still being regulated. Due to the increasing crowd, control of vehicles has been ongoing from ten in the night on Friday until the present. With thousands of devotees unable to participate in the Neyyabhishekam ceremony on Saturday, a large number gathered in the vicinity of the sanctum sanctorum. This too contributed to the escalation of the crowd. The lack of control over the crowd resulted in conflicts between devotees and the police in various parts of the pilgrimage site.

From various parts, devotees experienced a sea of tranquility as they entered. The entire area, including the pathways and spaces leading to tranquility, was filled with devotees. At 11 pm on Friday night, pilgrims who reached Pamba were not allowed to proceed further due to the temporary suspension of the spot booking system. This has been implemented to accommodate the influx of devotees at Sabarimala.

For darshan, it is advised to stand in line well before 12 noon, as there is a situation of having to wait for an extended period at present. In the context of the controlled crowd situation, the spot booking system for Pamba Beach has been temporarily suspended. Simultaneously, Minister K. Radhakrishnan directed officials to accept the measures taken to control the crowd at Sabarimala.

To ensure the safety of those waiting for darshan, the police, the Devaswom authorities, and Minister Radhakrishnan have given instructions to disperse them quickly. Minister also directed officials to arrange additional health facilities and ambulances for pilgrims. Health Minister Veena George stated that a special rescue ambulance with a quick response would be stationed at Sabarimala for medical assistance. The ambulance stationed at Pamba will reach Appachimedu. From Appachimedu to the areas near the sanctuary, medicines and medical equipment will be transported for the convenience of the pilgrims. Minister Veena George also informed that the ambulance is equipped with medicines and equipment for internal assistance.

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