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Activist Trupti Desai detained for threatening to halt PM’s Shirdi visit

Women’s rights activist Trupti Desai, who had threatened to block Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s convoy at Shirdi town in Maharashtra, was detained by police on Friday morning, an official said.

Desai, president of Bhumata Ranragini Brigade, has been batting for women’s entry into the Sabarimala temple in Kerala.

Modi is on a visit to Shirdi on Friday, where he is set to take part in functions to mark the conclusion of the year-long Saibaba Samadhi centenary programme organised by the Sai temple trust. He will also hand over keys of houses to some beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY).

A few days back, Desai had sought a meeting with the PM in Shirdi to discuss the Sabarimala issue and warned that if she was not allowed to meet him, her outfit would block his convoy.

“Today, before she could leave Pune for Shirdi (in neighbouring Ahmednagar district), officials from Sahakarnagar police station took her into preventive custody,” a senior police official said.

“She was taken into police custody early in the morning as she had threatened to disrupt PM’s visit in Shirdi,” the official said adding that she has been currently kept under detention at Sahakar Nagar police station.

Meanwhile, talking to agencies over phone, Desai said she had written a letter to Superintendent of Police, Ahmednagar and sought a meeting with the PM on the issue of women’s entry into Sabarimala temple.

“In the letter, we had warned that if the meeting with PM is not facilitated, we would block the PM’s convoy and urge him to hold talks,” said Desai.

She said the kind of “alertness” the police showed today in taking action against her, was not shown in acting against those protesting the entry of women into the Kerala temple.

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