Trupti Desai, who had successfully managed to enter the sanctum sanctorum of Shani Shingnapur, was beaten up in city-based Mahalaxmi temple as she successfully managed to cross the first threshold of sanctum sanctorum on Monday around 8 pm. She arrived at the temple around 6 pm and was 'welcomed' by some 50 odd protesters who were opposing her entry, along with a group of priests who had blocked the first threshold. After a heated argument between Desai, priests and local groups, Desai managed to enter the sanctum sanctorum along with a colleague. With her, some women constables also entered to protect her as a group of priests was staunchly opposing her. The women devotees who were present inside the temple also used a very abusive language along with men against Desai, when she was pressing her stand with the priests.
Kedar Munishwar, who is a lawyer by profession, was leading the priests. He claimed, "he has an old order of Supreme Court, where devotees' entry has been restricted at a certain point. In such situation, Desai should not be allowed to enter the temple."
The attackers said "dont let Trupti Desai get out alive". Doctor said I could've got paralysis attack: Trupti Desai pic.twitter.com/Omys23eM85— ANI (@ANI_news) April 14, 2016
While the argument was going on along police inspector of Juna Rajwada police station, Desai climbed the threshold and went inside. The group of people consist of men and women irked with her act pushed the police staff aside and started hitting her. While police were taking her ahead, a woman threw kumkum mixed with chilly powder towards her. The people who were outside the sanctorum and giving slogans against Desai's attempt to enter the temple, also got charged and attacked the group of police and Desai.
Maharashtra: Trupti Desai stopped by local women from entering inner sanctum of Mahalakshmi Temple (earlier visuals)https://t.co/J0LQNOnFBy— ANI (@ANI_news) April 13, 2016