The ashram of Swami Sandeepananda Giri, known for his critical stand against the Sangh Parivar, was attacked in the early hours of Saturday on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram.
Recently, Sandeepananda had supported the Supreme Court decision allowing the entry of women of menstruating age to the Sabarimala temple and had locked horns with the Sangh Parivar in media debates on the issue.
According to the police, two cars and a scooter parked in front of the ashram at Kundamankadavu near here were set on fire. A wreath was found placed in front of the gate.
Reacting to the attack, Sandeepananda said, “I came to know about the incident at around 2 am, when neighbours woke up me upon seeing the burning vehicles. It was part of a conspiracy to annihilate me. The BJP and the Thazhmon family (of the Sabarimala temple’s supreme priest) have a role in the attack,’’ he said.
Deploring the attack, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the forces behind the attack wanted to annihilate the swami. “He has exposed the true colour of the communal fascist forces. He should go ahead with his liberal approach, which social leaders had adopted during the days of reformation,’’ said Vijayan, after visiting the ashram.
Meanwhile, BJP national executive committee member P K Krishnadas claimed the CPI (M) was behind the attack.