The Aurobindo Ashram, which attracts many followers from various countries, bore the brunt of an attack by a group of miscreants here on Thursday.
Police said a group of around 50 persons owing allegiance to Thanthai Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam and other like-minded organisations barged into the ashram all of a sudden around noon raising slogans against the Central Government.
They pushed down and hit the ashram watchman, M. Kannan, when he tried to stop them from forcefully entering the ashram which was established by Sri Aurobindo in 1926 and is revered by his followers. They vandalised flower pots, emblem, notice board and other objects inside the ashram.
As most of the inmates and administrators were inside, the attackers spared them. On information, the police rushed to the ashram and managed to prevent further damage by pleading with the protesters not to disrupt peace in the ashram.
The exact reasons for the attack are not known but preliminary investigation has revealed that the protesters chose to attack the ashram established by Sri Aurobindo of West Bengal as they thought that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was also opposing the resolution against Sri Lanka in Parliament.
According to the police, the miscreants could be part of the same group which attacked Union Minister V. Narayanasamy’s camp office here on Wednesday.
Inspector-General of Police (Union Territory of Puducherry) R.S. Krishnia told The Hindu that the miscreants involved in the incident had already been identified and some of them were detained for questioning their motive and role in the attack. A case will be registered based on a complaint. Action will be taken against them as per the law.
Security has been beefed up in the city following a spate of protests by students and Tamil forums. Policemen have been given specific instructions to be on the streets round-the-clock to prevent untoward incidents.