Sandeepananda Giri ashram attack: Crime Branch report seeks action against former probe officers

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Thiruvananthapuram: The crime branch (CB) report submitted to DGP in connection with the Sandeepananda Giri ashram attack case has flagged glaring lapses in the initial probe and has sought action against officials concerned.

The report comes at a time when the probe is in its final phase. The accused officers in the report include DySPs.

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According to the report, the probe officers concerned failed to collect and document the phone numbers of the accused local political party leaders in the case diary. The officials did not thoroughly investigate the suicide of the first accused Prakash, the report added.

Meanwhile, the same report has been handed over to CB chief and CB SP.

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.

Days ago, CB in its remand report named BJP leader and ward councillor VG Girikumar as the key conspirator in the case. Girikumar set the ashram on fire as an act of revenge against Sandeepananda Giri's remark supporting the entry of women to Sabarimala temple, it said.

Based on Girikumar's plan, the prime accused, Prakash, and the third accused, Sabari, set the ashram on fire. Further, Crime Branch pointed out they had recovered a bike used for the act, which was later scrapped and sold. The breakthrough came after Prakash's brother Prasanth revealed that his brother and his friends set the ashram on fire. Though he withdrew this statement, the investigation agency was able to trace other accused in the case.

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