Hindu Aikyavedi plans Sabrimala Raksha Yatra

via http://expressbuzz.com/states/kerala/hindu-aikyavedi-plans-sabrimala-raksha-yatra/253558.html published on March 6, 2011

PATHANAMTHITTA: The Hindu Aikyavedi will organise a Sabarimala Raksha Yathra from Pulmedu on March 14 in protest against the Government’s denial of social justice and compensation benefits to the families of the 102 pilgrims, who were killed in the Pulmedu tragedy.

Aikyavedi state general secretary Kummanam Rajasekharan, in a statement on Friday, said that the Sabarimala Raksha Yathra was planned with the objective of creating awareness among the people of the state, especially the devotees of Lord Ayyappa, on the plight of the families of the Pulmedu victims who were denied any compensation benefits, though the Government announced Rs 5 lakh each around two months ago and the failure of setting up a judicial commission to probe into the tragedy.

Kummanam said that the five-day yathra would pay homage to the victims and would mobilise relief fund from like-minded people to assist the families.

He said that though the Central Government declared the Pulmedu incident as a national calamity, hardly any follow-up steps were taken by the Centre for Sabarimala or any relief measure for the families of the victims.

The yathra will leave Pulmedu on March 4 at 2 p.m. and public meeting will be held at Vandiperiyar at 5 p.m.

The yathra will touch Kumily, Adimali and Thodupuzha, on March 15.

On March 16, the campaign yathra will visit Pala, Kottayam, Changanassery, Karukachal, Ponkunnam and Kanjirappally.

The yathra will be received at Erumely, Ranni, Pathanamthita, Kozhencheryy, Aranmula, Pandalam and Kayamkulam on March 17.

On March 18, the yathra will tour Oachira and Anchal.

The yathra will reach Thiruvananthapuram on March 19 after leaving Kulathuppuzha.

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