Attack on Kerala ashram run by man who supported women’s entry into Sabarimala temple

The ashram of Swami Sandeepananda Giri who supported the Supreme Court verdict allowing entry of women of all ages to Sabarimala temple was attacked early Saturday, police said.

Two cars and one scooter of the ashram were set on fire by the attackers.

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.

Sandeepananda is pro-left and has been very vocal against the sangh parivar recently.

Kerala’sDirector general of Police, Loknath Behra said a special investigation team under Thiruvananthapuram police commissioner will probe attack on ashram.

The BJP has denied any role in the attack.

“We had no role in attack on Swami Sandeepananda’s ashram,” said BJP leader P K Krishnadas. “The CPI(M) stage managed the attack to distract attention from Sabarimala issue.”

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