Centre's advisory to 3 southern states on Sabarimala row
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Centre's advisory to 3 southern states on Sabarimala row

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The Centre has asked the southern states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to tighten security in view of the continuing protests against the Supreme Court order allowing entry of women of all age groups to Sabarimala temple.

In an advisory, the Union Home Ministry also asked the three states to closely monitor the dissemination of various “adverse” messages through social media and the Internet services.

“All necessary precautionary measures may be taken to maintain law and order and appropriate security arrangements may be made to prevent any untoward incident,” the advisory, sent by the internal security division of the home ministry, said.

The advisory said appropriate prohibitory orders be issued and a close watch may be kept on dissemination of “adverse information” through social media and internet services, to ensure that no breach of law and order takes place.

It also referred to campaigns of certain civil and women’s rights activists, Left parties and fronts and pro-Left wing extremism groups in favour of women’s entry into the shrine and actively using women to do so. While opposing groups and activists have threatened that they would not allow entry of women inside the shrine, Hindu outfits plan to organise protest programmes against apex court order, it said.

“Separately, Ayyappa devotees, Hindu outfits and certain caste-based outfits have been organising stat...

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