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As the police conveyed the message to the women, they agreed to turn back. “We have told the female devotees about the canada goose coats situation, they will now be going back. So we are pulling pack. They have decided to return,” said Inspector General S Sreejith, who led the police contingent.

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Around the same time, another woman, Mary Sweety, began the cheap canada goose uk climb to the shrine, declaring she had visited churches, mosques, temples and “wanted to see Ayyappa”. This time, said reports, the police asked the canada goose outlet 46 year old to take the journey on her own.

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“I believe I’ve come here to enforce the Supreme Court order. Those women have the right to visit the temple,” Mr Sreejith had uk canada goose outlet said in the morning. “I am also an Ayyappa devotee,” he had appealed to protesting devotees.

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Then the minister in charge of the Devaswom Board, which runs the temple, described the women cheap Canada Goose as activists not devotees. Devaswom Board minister Kadakampally Surendran told NDTV any genuine devotee who wants to go buy canada goose jacket cheap up will be given protection. “But we will not allow activists to turn Sabarimala into a place Canada Goose Parka to prove themselves,” Mr Surendran said.

canada goose outlet eu Kavitha Jakkal, who works canada goose with Mojo TV in Hyderabad, started the climb in riot gear and a yellow helmet, ring fenced from protesters by policemen. Rehana Fatima, wearing black clothes and carrying the traditional prayer kit irumudikkettu offered to Lord Ayyappa, walked separately. Her house in Kochi was vandalised by protesters, the police said. canada goose outlet eu

Both started the 4.6 km climb from the base camp Pamba.

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