Injured Sabarimala Samithi worker died of cardiac arrest, Governor seeks urgent law and order report

Thiruvalla: Sabarimala Karma Samithi worker Chandran
Unnithan, injured during a clash between BJP and CPI-M workers after two women
in their 40s entered the hill shrine, has died of cardiac arrest, even as the
Kerala Governor sought an urgent law and order report on the situation from Chief
Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. Unnithan died of cardiac arrest at a hospital late
on Wednesday night where he was admitted after being injured during a clash in
Pandalam, the hospital said.

In a death
summary, released by the department of emergency medicine, the hospital said
that the patient was ‘intubated and ventilated upon arrival and was actively
bleeding from right ear, nose and mouth.’ After he went into cardiac arrest
around 9:50 pm, the CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) was initiated. After a
long resuscitation process, not attaining results, the patient was declared
clinically dead by the hospital.

The Sabarimala
Karma Samiti is an umbrella organisation of groups against the entry of women
in the menstruating age into the Sabarimala temple. Meanwhile, Kerala Governor
Justice (Retd.) P. Sathasivam has sought an urgent law and order report on the
situation from the Kerala Chief Minister. “Sought from Chief Minister an
urgent Law and Order report on the incidents of violence and destruction of
private public property in Kerala following entry of two young women in Sabarimala
temple. I appeal to all sections of people to maintain calm and peace,”
tweeted the official account of the Governor’s office.

The clashes
broke out in the state, just hours after, Bindu and Kanakadurga, who are in
their 40s, entered the hill shrine and offered prayers, following which the
temple was shut for an hour for ‘purification’ rituals. The Supreme Court
lifted the traditional ban on the entry of women of menstrual age (10-50 years)
on September 28 last year. Since then, a string of protests have taken place at
the Sabarimala temple and its surrounding areas, wherein several women
attempted to visit the shrine but were stopped by Lord Ayyappa devotees.

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