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Sabarimala temple to reopen for 24 hours today, 2300 cops deployed

Amid heightened security across the temple shrine, the Sabarimala temple is all set to reopen for the public on Monday evening for two days. The reopening of the temple comes just weeks after violent protests by several Hindu organisations against the Supreme Court verdict allowing women’s entry inside the temple. A massive security has been put in place in anticipation of protests.

Around 2,300 security personnel, including a 20-member commando team and 100 women, have been called in to maintain order. It is the second time that the temple will open after the Supreme Court allowed women of all ages to enter the shrine.

The police banned gatherings of four or more people at Sabarimala and nearby areas on Saturday. It is expected to open at 5 pm today for a special puja due tomorrow and will close at 10 pm after it. Meanwhile, protestors have begun gathering at Nilakkal base camp.

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