Flash light confuses Sabari pilgrims

A flash light seen over a hill across the Sabarimala temple created confusion among pilgrims.

Sabarimala: A flash light seen over a hill
across the Sabarimala temple, believed to have come from a
high power torch in the nearby forests, created confusion
among pilgrims who had converged at the Lord Ayyappa temple on
the eve of `Makaravilakku`.

As the fluorescent light flashed repeatedly, the devotees
mistook it as `Makaravilakku` and started chanting `sarana
mantras` with folded hands from all around the shrine. For a
while, the temple authorities too were baffled but soon
announced through loud speakers that it was not
Police and Travancore Deveswom Board (TDB), which manages
the temple, has begun investigations to ascertain whether it
was a mischievous attempt by some vested interests to bluff
devotees and cast the temple authorities in poor shade or it
was caused during surveillance by the forest guards.

ADGP P Chandrasekharan, in charge of Sabarimala, said an
inquiry has begun to find out whether it was the handiwork of
mischief-makers or flashed by forest guards.
TDB president M Rajagopalan Nair told reporters here that
from the fluorescence of the light and the way it was flashed
it appeared to be coming from a high power torch, like the one
used by forest guards and Eco-Development Committee

However, as soon as this happened some vested interests
started passing the word that it was `Makaravilakku` to create
confusion and cast the temple authorities in poor light, he

"This certainly is a heinous attempt and they would have
to suffer the consequences," Nair said. MORE PTI NM RC
Bombs recovered from CPI(M) party office

Krishnagar (WB), Jan 15 (PTI) Police recovered three hand
made bombs from Gokulpur CPI(M) party office in Nadia under
Gayeshpur municipality today and detained two persons for

A few CPI(M) workers who came to unlock the party office
at around 11am, were challenged by some Trinamool Congress
activists who had gathered there. The latter demanded the
office should be opened in front of them as they had suspected
that there were bombs and firearms stored inside, police said.

Most of the CPI(M) workers left the place soon after.
But the local CPI(M) leader Bidhu Bhushan Das, who was on
spot, came under pressure from the Trinamool workers to open
the party office. Tension prevailed in the area and the
Kalyani police was informed, police said.

The party office was kept under lock and key since
May 13 last year. Das stated that the keys were not with him.
Police told Das to break open the lock. When the door was
opened, three bombs were found inside the party office,
sources said.

Police detained Bidhubhushan Das and another person for

Gayeshpur Municipality is controlled by CPI(M) and all 18
councillors were elected from CPI(M) in the last municipality


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