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Thiruvalla: Sabarimala Karma Samithi worker ChandranUnnithan, injured during a clash between BJP and CPI-M workers after two womenin their 40s entered the hill shrine, has died of cardiac arrest, even as theKerala Governor sought an urgent law and order report on the situation from ChiefMinister Pinarayi Vijayan. Unnithan died of cardiac arrest at a hospital lateon Wednesday night where he was admitted after being injured during a clash inPandalam, the hospital said.

In a deathsummary, released by the department of emergency medicine, the hospital saidthat the patient was ‘intubated and ventilated upon arrival and was activelybleeding from right ear, nose and mouth.’ After he went into cardiac arrestaround 9:50 pm, the CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) was initiated. After along resuscitation process, not attaining results, the patient was declaredclinically dead by the hospital.

The SabarimalaKarma Samiti is an umbrella organisation of groups against the entry of womenin the menstruating age into the Sabarimala temple. Meanwhile, Kerala GovernorJustice (Retd.) P. Sathasivam has sought an urgent law and order report on thesituation from the Kerala Chief Minister. “Sought from Chief Minister anurgent Law and Order report on the incidents of violence and destruction ofprivate & public property in Kerala following entry of two young women in Sabarimalatemple. I appeal to all sections of people to maintain calm and peace,”tweeted the official account of the Governor’s office.

The clashesbroke out in the state, just hours after, Bindu and Kanakadurga, who are intheir 40s, entered the hill shrine and offered prayers, following which thetemple was shut for an hour for ‘purification’ rituals. The Supreme Courtlifted the traditional ban on the entry of women of menstrual age (10-50 years)on September 28 last year. Since then, a string of protests have taken place atthe Sabarimala temple and its surrounding areas, wherein several womenattempted to visit the shrine but were stopped by Lord Ayyappa devotees.

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