Attack on Swami Sandeepananda Giri's ashram: Crime Branch likely to drop probe

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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Crime Branch is likely to conclude the investigation into the attack on the ashram of Swami Sandeepananda Giri in Thiruvananthapuram.

The Ashram of Swami Sandeepananda Giri was attacked and set on fire by a group of unknown assailants on October 27, 2018. The ashram suffered partial damages and three vehicles, including two cars, were completely gutted in the fire. The CCTVs in the place were found to be destroyed. The only clue the police had was that petrol was used to set the vehicles and buildings on fire.

The police failed to find a single accused in the case despite questioning more than 150 people. The probe team also refused to release the sketch of the accused. Currently, Crime Branch SP Josy Cheriyan is investigating the case.

The attack on the ashram happened days after Swami Sandeepananda Giri took a pro-government stand on letting women devotees enter Sabarimala temple. Chief Minister also assured that those behind the attack would be apprehended soon.

Meanwhile, Crime Branch SP Josy Cheriyan dismissed rumours that the investigation will be halted.

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