TDN World Desk: Bindu Ammini, one of the two women activists who managed to enter the temple in January, was attacked with pepper spray by a Hindu Aikeya Vedi worker in front of the Kochi City Police Commissioner office on Tuesday morning.

She was attacked as she was reaching the Commissioner’s office along with Trupti Desai and six other members of the ‘Bhoomatha Brigade’ to seek police security to trek to the Sabarimala temple.

Bindu was later shifted to Ernakulam General Hospital for treatment. Following the incident, hundreds of Sabarimala Karma Samithi workers continued laying siege in front of the office chanting Saranam Manthra. Hundreds of police personnel have also been deployed in the area.

The man with saffron dhoti who sprayed pepper powder on the women activist was identified as Sreenath Padmanabhan (28), a native of Kudiyanmala in Kannur. He was arrested later.

As per sources, Bindu has written to the government seeking permission to enter the temple.
“Sabarimala darshan is our right. We would go back only if the government give it in writing that we won’t be allowed to enter the temple,” Bindu was quoted by The Times of India.