Thiruvananthapuram: The latest reports related to Sandeepananda Giri ashram burning case suggest the Crime Branch has landed in trouble.
Recently, Kundamankadavu native Prasanth revealed that his brother Prakash was one of those who torched two cars and a scooter parked outside the Ashram and placed a wreath at the Ashram. Reports then said the Crime Branch already collected evidence suggesting Prakash’s hand, following which the probe team summoned his brother for interrogation.
"At first, I did not know that Prakash was involved in it. He was scared when a man was taken into custody by the police after the incident. Later, he told me that he attacked the ashram along with his partymates. My brother is an RSS-BJP activist. After his death, no one came to our aid," Prashant had said.
However, the latest reports on Prasanth’s confidential statement to the court suggest that the person has changed his stand. The Crime Branch forced him to give statements against his brother, they said.
Interestingly, Sandeepananda is popular as a Left loyalist and is one of the prominent opinion leaders who apparently have bond with the present regime. This context also makes the development intriguing.
Last January, Prakash committed suicide by hanging at his residence. Later only, Prashant came up with the claim that the former confessed to him that he was behind the Ashram burning.
The ashram was set on fire by unidentified miscreants in the early hours of October 27, 2018. The assailants set fire to two cars and a motorcycle parked in front of the ashram at Kundamankadavu. The incident took place when Sandeepananda Giri faced threats from Sangh Parivar for his stand on the Sabarimala issue.