A 55-year old man, an activist of the Sabarimala Karma Samiti, succumbed to injures in a stone pelting incident Pandalam area of Pathanamthitta district. A shutdown has been called by the opposition in Kerala to protest the entry of two women into the Sabarimala temple.
Police said Chandran Unnithan, succumbed to his injuries early on Thursday after he was injured in a stone pelting incident in Pandalam area. Samiti is an umbrella organisation of several Hindu group, which has been protesting the entry of women to the hilltop shrine.
Two CPI(M) workers have been arrested in connection with the death, officials said.
Three other people, who were also injured in the stone pelting, are said to be in a critical condition.
Police tightened security in the state as the shutdown by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Samiti affected normal life in the state. The Congress-led UDF has said it will observe a protest day on Thursday.