Gender rights activist Trupti Desai is back in Kerala to make another attempt to visit the revered Sabarimala temple on Tuesday. She was earlier stopped at the Kochi airport 10 days ago.
Trupti Desai landed at Kochi airport around 4 am. She has sought police protection for her visit to the Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala.
Trupti Desai is part of a seven-member team that is headed for the Sabarimala temple. She is being accompanied by Bindu Ammini, one of the women who first visited Sabarimala last year.
10:30 am: A 29-year-old Ayyappa devotee from Tamil Nadu, who was on his way to the Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala for darshan, died due to suspected heart attack on Tuesday morning. The deceased man was identified as Matheswaran, a native of Anna Nagar of the neighboring state. He developed uneasiness while trekking Neelimala, one of the sacred hills to reach the forest shrine, and was declared brought dead at the Sannidhanam hospital here.
8:30 am: Bindu Ammini, one of the two women who first entered the Sabarimala temple in January this year, said, "A man sprayed chilli and pepper on my face." The incident took place outside the Ernakulam city police commissioner's office today morning.