Sabari­mala row: Ashram of preacher at­tacked in Ker­ala

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - INDI -

Thiruvananthapuram: Days af­ter he hailed the Supreme Court ver­dict on en­try of women of all ages to Sabari­mala, Swami San­deep­ananda Giri’s Sala­gra­mam ashram at Kun­da­monka­davu in Ker­ala was at­tacked on Sat­ur­day, po­lice said.

The at­tack took place around 2 am and two cars and a scooter were burnt, they said, adding the at­tack­ers also left a wreath at the ashram.

Swami San­deep­ananda Giri, who was at the ashram when the in­ci­dent took place, had wel­comed the apex court or­der per­mit­ting women in the 10-50 age group to of­fer prayers at the Lord Ayyappa tem­ple in Sabari­mala.

Con­demn­ing the at­tack, Chief Min­is­ter Pi­narayi Vi­jayan, who vis­ited the ashram, told re­porters that use of vi­o­lence re­veals the ‘ide­o­log­i­cal ab­ject­ness’ of the at­tack­ers. “No one will be al­lowed to take law into their hands. I have vis­ited him and as­sured that strin­gent ac­tion will taken against the at­tack­ers,” he said.

“Swami San­deep­ananda Giri cham­pi­ons the val­ues of sec­u­lar­ism and has been a strong critic against at­tempts to politi­cise re­li­gious spa­ces. Our so­ci­ety must rise against such at­tacks,” the CM said.

“Dif­fer­ing opin­ions and dis­sent­ing voices should be

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