Extremist NDF members try to enter Sabarimala in disguise
Thursday, November 24, 2011, 12:59 [IST]A A A
NSabarimala, Nov 24: A disturbing report has emerged from Sabarimala, the most popular pilgrimage destination in Kerala. With the pilgrimage season on in full swing currently, it has been reported in certain media that the police is alleged to have let free the members of the National Development Front (NDF) who tried to enter the temple in disguise.
The NDF is a notorious body and is alleged to have links with Pakistan's ISI and is under the radar of the Union Home Ministry since 2005. This extremist militant organization in Kerala has been time and again accused of fanning fanaticism. Sources have claimed that the members of the NDF came in a vehicle, disguised as a police car to Pampa. It was then they were stopped by security officials.
The real motive of their visit is yet to be known. Even more surprising is the fact that they were let off without proper investigation. The police have claimed that the matter was settled at the "higher level" possibly to avoid panic among pilgrims. Last pilgrim season in Sabarimala saw more than 100 devotees in a deadly stampede.
A police source in Pampa has been quoted as saying, "We have got clear information that the travelers in the car were NDF members." Police officers are understood to be not too happy with the decision to let off the NDF men.
The obvious security breach has caused an alarming situation leading to the beefing up of security at Pampa and the Sannidhanam (temple premises). Towards this effort, an under vehicle scanner has been installed at Pampa.
The two NDF members were released by the Pampa police. The top officials, however denied any such incident and stated that the area is under tight vigil considering the terror threats to Sabarimala. During the pilgrimage season, the security has been heightened further.
The service of the National Security Guard (NSG) commandos and Rapid Action Force have been availed at the Sannidhanam to ensure safety.