November 16, 2018
Bhoomatha Brigade leader Trupthi Desai and six other members who had reached Kochi International airport this morning to head to Sabarimala have finally given up following the protest in front of the Airport.
Though she was earlier insistent that she wouldn’t return without visiting Sabarimala, she along with her team were holed up at Kochi Airport for more than 14 hours. Following continuous appeal from various offices ranging from Airport authorities, Kerala Police and other bureaucrats Trupthi Desai had finally decided to return back to Maharashtra but vouched that she will visit Sabarimala this pilgrim season itself.
She reached Cochin International Airport today morning but taxi drivers including the online taxi services were not ready to ferry her as they feared the protesters if they helped commute Trupthi Desai.
Police officials made it clear that they were ready to provide security if she could arrange her own mode of transport to reach the Nilakal base camp.
Sources state that she had asked the police officials to let her free if they could not provide transportation facility and security. But she was not able to step out of the Airport terminal ever since she landed.
More than 130 police officials were deployed at Cochin International Airport for the security of Trupthi Desai and her team.
A case has been registered against Trupthi Desai and her team for attempting to hurt the religious sentiments of people. The police have also filed Suo-Motto case against the 250 people for gathering sans permission and protesting at a restricted zone.