Attack on Kerala ashram run by man who supported women’s entry into Sabarimala temple
The ashram Swami Sandeepananda Giri was set on fire early on Thursday morning. Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan condemned the attack.Updated: Oct 27, 2018 15:37 IST
The ashram of a man who supported the Supreme Court verdict allowing entry of women of all ages to Sabarimala temple was attacked early Saturday, police said.
The ashram head, who goes by the name Swami Sandeepananda Giri, had supported the government’s intention to uphold the top court’s order.
Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan who visited the ashram in the morning, condemned the attack.
“We won’t allow communal forces to take law into their hands,” Vijayan said after visiting the ashram.
Two cars and one scooter of the ashram were set on fire by the attackers.
Sandeepananda Giri said he suspected that the RSS was behind the attack.
I think RSS Sangh Parivar did this due to my statement about #Sabarimala & similar issues: Swami Sandeepananda Giri on his ashram in Thiruvananthapuram vandalised— ANI (@ANI) October 27, 2018
Kerala Minister KK Shailaja who visited the ashram also blamed the rightwing for arson.
We suspect Hindutva ideology extremist are behind the attack. Swami Sandeepananda Giri said women can enter #Sabarimala & that if we want to keep old customs, we can't go forward as human society because several customs discriminate b/w men & women: Kerala Minister KK Shailaja pic.twitter.com/VOF6mLgUCc— ANI (@ANI) October 27, 2018
Kerala’s Director general of Police, Loknath Behra said a special investigation team under Thiruvananthapuram police commissioner will probe attack on ashram.
The BJP rubbished claims that the sangh parivar was behind the attack. Blaming the Left , BJP leader P K Krishnadas said, “The CPI(M) stage managed the attack to distract attention from Sabarimala issue.”
First Published: Oct 27, 2018 10:39 IST