Himaval Bhadrananda acquitted in Aluva police station shooting case
Paravur: The Paravur magistrate court on Thursday acquitted Himaval Bhadrananda in the case relating to Bhadrananda opening fire at the Aluva Circle Inspector’s office.
The court pointed out that Bhadrananda fired the shot accidently and an attempt of murder charge cannot be slapped against him.
Police had registered a case against Bhadrananda for opening fire inside the Aluva Circle Inspector's office and issuing suicide threats.
The incident happened on May 17, 2008. Bhadrananda had called some mediapersons to his house at Ashokapuram in Aluva saying that he was going to commit suicide on the morning of May 17th.
He issued suicide threats after placing the loaded gun on this chest in front of the journalists.
On hearing about the incident, Police reached the place and took him to the Aluva CI's office. Bhadrananda issued suicide threats to protest against the reports against him in newspapers.
Bhadrananda sat in the station with the gun in one hand and a mobile phone in the other hand. He spoke with several persons over phone.
Meanwhile, a quarrel broke out between mediapersons and police in the station. Seeing this, Bhadrananda ran towards the mediapersons with his gun. "Eat me, I will force you to eat my corpse,"Bhadrananda said. The shot was fired when the police forcefully removed Bhadrananda at this juncture. Bhadrananda suffered minor injuries on his hand in the incident.
The Ernakulam North police the other day had arrested Himaval Bhadrananda on charge of attempting to spread communal hatred. Upon receiving a complaint that Bhadrananda’s posts on Facebook were portraying certain communities in bad light, the police checked them and booked him.