Mr Surendran was detained last evening at the Nilakkal base camp when he was seen heading for the hill-top shrine of Lord Ayyappa. When he and his supporters refused to turn back, he was arrested as a “preventive measure” by the police. He has been sent to judicial custody for 14 days.
Since morning, BJP supporters have blocked roads and highways in many parts of the state, protesting the arrest of a senior party leader, K Surendran. Around 150 of them are camping out at the city centre in Thiruvalla, a town 90 km from Sabarimala.