Pon Radhakrishnan, the Union Minister of State for Finance and Shipping from Tamil Nadu is at Sabarimala, protested at the Sabarimala sannidhanam on Wednesday against the state government’s prohibitory orders. According to sources, the minister stayed at the Ayyappa Seva Samajam office at the sanndihanam for sometime in the night, after declining the government guest house.
On Wednesday morning, he had arrived in a government vehicle at the base camp on Nilakkal where he had an altercation with Superintendent of Police Yatish Chandra who told him that only the minister’s car could be allowed and not the entourage of cars along with him.
The SP and others officers told the minister that the private cars could not proceed to Sabarimala as there were restrictions in place and only government-run KSRTC buses were allowed. When Yatish Chandra came before him, the Minister asked him why private vehicles were not allowed towards Pamba.
In videos of the altercation, the police officer can be heard saying, “Most of the parking spaces in Pamba have been destroyed during the floods and landslides. There are chances of landslide there, even now. So we cannot allow vehicles to be parked there.” When the minister asked why private vehicles were not being allowed and only KSRTC buses, Yatish Chandra replied that the buses were allowed there as they were not parked there and would return from Pamba after each trip.