Sena threat­ens ‘sui­cide protest’

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION -

Thiru­vanan­tha­pu­ram: Shiv Sena dis­trict lead­ers on Satur­day threat­ened that its mem­bers will com­mit sui­cide if girls and women in the 10-50 age group en­ter the Sabari­mala tem­ple. The out­fit claimed to have read­ied a seven-mem­ber sui­cide squad to ‘re­sist’ those dar­ing to defy the cus­toms and tra­di­tions of the sa­cred tem­ple.

Ad­dress­ing a news con­fer­ence here on Satur­day, Sena dis­trict pres­i­dent Perin- gam­mala Aji said hun­dreds of party work­ers, in­clud­ing el­derly women, would con­gre­gate at Ni­lakkal and Pamba when the tem­ple opens for Man­dalakala pil­grim­age on Oc­to­ber 17.

“We would do ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to stop young women from cross­ing the Pamba. They would be able to trek the hill only by step­ping over the dead bod­ies of our work­ers. Be it Trupti De­sai or any­one else, our work­ers wouldn’t let any­body break cus­toms,” the Sena leader said.

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